Published By Ben Hillidge
- Railways see to –Railways, Cambrian. LNWR, GWR and others
- Retail and shop workers
Bakers and Confectioners – see Bakers and Confectioners
Butchers – see Butchers
Boots Chemist. Oswestry
William Carter, Chemist & Mineral Water Manufacturer, 6 Cross Street, Oswestry
Private 11487 George Douglas, 5 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Working as an errand boy in cycle shop
Drapers – see Drapers
Fruiterer and Green Grocers
Private 10763, Bertie Annum, 5 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Errand boy for fruitier Catherine Leeke at 9 Leg Street and then by Mr Boffey. Beatrice Street.
Private 25569 William M Duckett, 19 Bn King’s Liverpool Regiment. Apprentice in dry and green fruit trade (Liverpool 1911) possibly a merchant rather than retailer.
R&R Hughes – Church Street Oswestry.
Rifleman 2425 Job Rees, 1/5 Bn King’s Liverpool Regiment. Cashier’s clerk and later in Liverpool at Compton Hotel, Church Street (now M&S store).
Grocers and Provisions
Messrs Oliver and Stevens – Tea and Coffee Merchants Bristol
Messrs Dodd & Co
TE Hooson – a business man and shop owner who had a chain of provisions stores in North Wales.
Lieutenant Crescens Bason, Manchester Rgt att. 1 Bn Worcestershire Rgt. Crescen’s father was a grocer at 10 Willow Street, Oswestry.
The Golden Cannister, 1 Beatrice Street
Private 11378 Valentine R Sperring, 5 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. 1 Beatrice Street, built in 1866 for Edward Manford, a provision dealer, who named it The Golden Cannister.
Francis and Beckets, Grocers, The Cross, Oswestry
(BCA 21 April 15 Advert for Beckitts)
Deck Hand 19056DA(Po) John O Thomas, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Coastal Motor Boat 25. Employed by – Francis and Beckitts Grocers, and later Mr Goodwin, Castle Street, Shrewsbury.
Messrs Phillips and Co the Cross Osw.
Private 12238 Thomas J Evans, 6 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Grocer’s Assistant
Private 12329 Harry Beaton, 6 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Grocer’s Assistant in Llangollen boarding at 36 Berwyn Street, prior to enlisting worked at Messrs Phillips.
Mssrs Edward Thomas & Co, The Cross Oswestry
Private 160690 Edward Thomas, Shropshire Yeomanry attch. 1 Bn Cheshire Regiment. Previously employed by William Perks 57 Bailey Sreet.
Messrs Hunter, The Cross, Oswestry
Lance Corporal 6497 William Weaver, 1 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Grocer’s Asst. / Apprentice
Private 315983 James RT Beckett, 1/4 (Denbighshire) Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Grocer’s Apprentice – served his time with Co Op Stores (King Street) and later at Park Hall Canteen.
Private 49093 Thomas Lewis, 1 Bn Loyal North Lancashire. Grocer’s Assistant. – Cooperative Stores King Street.
Pioneer 130317 William Boylin, 2nd Special Battalion Royal Engineers. Van delivery man for Whitchurch Co Op.
Private 31080 George Edward Gauge (Maesbury War Memorial) worked for ‘Mr Tudor, Wem’
In business as a grocer at Queen’s Head Stores. Private 116087 Alfred Jones. 5 Bn Machine Gun Corps Maesbury & West Felton
Messrs Birch & Jones, Cabinet Makers. Home furnishing and Decorators, Bailey Street, Oswestry.
Men’s Outfitters and Tailors
Lance Corporal 201314 Hubert W Gwilliam, 5 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 8 Albion Street – business owned by his father, brother Samuel also worked there.
Stationers and Printers
Woodall Minshall Thomas & Co – Stationers, The Cross, Oswestry. (see also Captain T C Wynne Minshall, 1/4 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers.)
Private 10829 Frederick George Davies, 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers. Employed as Office boy.
Ableseaman J/28071 Charles E Jones, Royal Navy ‘HMS Magic’. worked as a Printer’s Boy.
Tobacco & Newsagent
Private 355357 John A Richards, 25 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Tobbaconists/ Newsagents. 42 Beatrice Street.
Wines & Spirits
Stonehouse Brewery, Church Street
Other Shop workers
Private 24036 Edward Jones, 11 Bn Leicestershire Regiment (Pioneers). Possibly ran their own shop 57 Upper Brook Street.
Private 26599 John R Bebb, 6 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Grocer’s porter.
Private R4/089184 John P Jones, Army Service Corps. Grocer’s assistant at Old Colwyn.
Sergeant 12267 Thomas H Barclay, 6 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. working for Mr Barnett, a shop keeper on Beatrice Street.
Lance Corporal 230469 Ernest Wynn, 10 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Grocer’s Assistant -employed by uncle in Liverpool.
Private 31138 Robert Williams, 8 Bn South Lancashire Regiment. Grocer’s Assistant.
- Roofer see Building and Construction