Published By Ben Hillidge
- Painter & Decorator
Private 19737 George F Jones, 7 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. – house painter served apprentice with Mr GA George, Oswestry
Private 6953 Percy Phillips, 5 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. House painter in London
Private 290908 James Pierce, 7 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. House painter
Private 28601 George Parry, 1 Bn North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales), House painter apprenticeship with father.
- Park Hall Camp
Private 44255 John Thomas, 2 Bn South Wales Borderers. Employed at Park Hall Camp as a joiner probably during construction in 1914.
Private 315983 James RT (Raymond Titley) Beckett, 1/4 (Denbighshire) Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Worked in Canteen Stores also at Retail/Grocer apprenticeship in COOP
- Pattern Maker / Mould maker
Lance Corporal 24919 T Mansell Mason, 9 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. worked at Coventry and Halifax as pattern maker for terracotta and plaster mould maker.
Lance Corporal 13873 Percy W Miner, 7 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Pawnbrokers Assistant
Lance Bombardier 292252 Joseph H Davies, 33 Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Police Constable in Liverpool. formerly a butcher
- Poultry Worker and Dealer
Private 34304 Thomas E Jones, 1/4 Bn Loyal North Lancashire. employed by Mr A Edward Evans poultry dealer the Bungalow, Oswestry,
Private 22129 Ernest R Desborough, 9 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. father, William, was a poultry dealer, assisted by Ernest and his brothers
Private 5947 Alfred Steenton 2 Bn South Staffordshire Regiment, Worked as a porter for a chemist in Walsall where he was mobilised on the outbreak of war. Previously a Baker and regular soldier.
Lance Corporal 14885 Percy Williams, 1/6 Bn Cheshire Regiment, Porter at Port Sunlight
Sergeant 12399 Joseph Davies, 12 Bn West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) porter for cabinet maker
- Postal and Tele Communications
The Post Office played a vital roll during the War – handling all the letters and parcels from home and the millions of soldier’s letters from the front. It was also the PO that handled the fateful telegrams sent to the families of casualties. In Oswestry the PO was then on Church Street – the building, along with its clock, is still there.
Acting Corporal 152, David Davies, 1/7 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. – at Llanyblodwel working as a post man living at post office with parents – and where his mother was postmistress.
Sapper 62361 Austin Ledwith, Royal Engineers 13 Divisional Signal Coy (Telegraphist). Telegraphist Oswestry Post Office
Lance Corporal L/399 William Price, B Squadron, 12th (Prince of Wales Royal) Lancers, Postman at Church Stretton and then at Oswestry.
Private 17549 Herbert Price, 1 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, KIA 25 September 1916, Post Office messenger (telegraph boy)
Parents worked for the post office
Ableseaman J/28071 Charles E Jones, Royal Navy ‘HMS Magic’. Father a postman.
Lieutenant Herbert W Rayner, 10 Bn RWF attd. 76 Trench Mortar Battery. – father was Post Master at Oswestry and then at Carnforth and Hest Bank, Lancs.
Private 59034 Charles A Sharman, 1/5 Bn Welsh Regiment. His mother ran Park Avenue Post Office, Oswestry
Second Lieutenant Herbert M Owen, 9 Bn Cheshire Regiment. a printer, bookbinder, stationer at St Alban’s and Stroud
Corporal S4/144586 Charles H Roberts, Army Service Corps, 1st Line of Communication Coy. served apprenticeship with Mr RW Roberts of Oswestry.
Ableseaman J/28071 Charles E Jones, Royal Navy ‘HMS Magic’. Worked as printers Boy at Woodall, Minshall before joining Royal Navy.