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Telling the whole story of Richard Meanley Anson

Desmond Burton has again been in touch, still pursuing his extraordinary research on the subject of his Great uncle Richard Meanley Anson who died in a military hospital on The Somme 100 years ago, almost to the very day.
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Richard Meanley Anson – the story of a hero unfolds

Earlier this year, Desmond Burton contacted me to require if I’d post his research on the subject of a chap called Richard Anson, a Rushall lad who sadly gave his life in battle on the Somme in September 1916 – I was happy to do so, for it’s a fine, exemplary and fascinating piece of research.
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Richard Meanley Anson – a Victim Of World War One – can you help?

Long term readers will no doubt remember the fascinating and remarkable story of Arthur Burton, a local Great War hero, whose story was told by David Evans and Desmond Burton in the early days of this blog.
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After the gold rush

I’ve though about this one quite carefully, and can’t see any reason not to share it with the readers to see what they think. Some weeks ago, reader Andy Dennis wrote to me, posing an interesting question about the location … Continue reading

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Keepers Cottage, Footherley: In better days

This is another heads up for readers interested in local history, particularly of the Stonnall area. Julian Ward-Davies and fellow Stonnall historian Susan-Marie Ward have been busy compiling another great historical paper, this time about Keeper’s Cottage, the now crumbling, … Continue reading

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Laying a sound foundation

Long term readers and local history buffs will recall reader, contributor and friend of the Brownhills Blog Steve Hickman supplying material relating to his great grandfather, Joseph William Taylor, master bricklayer and craftsman of Stonnall. Well, Steve Hickman and Julian … Continue reading

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Downstream

I noticed today in the Stonnall History Group on Facebook that the inimitable Julian Ward-Davies, author of ’The Lost Lake of Stonnall’ and other great research pieces was musing on the history of the Pen Brook, a small stream that appears … Continue reading

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Spotting a Leopard

There’s some interesting stuff going on over at Julian Ward-Davies’ Stonnall Local History Group on Facebook. Julian has spotted something also noticed in passing by reader and local history ferret [Howmuch?]: there appear to have been two pubs called The … Continue reading

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Captivated by history

I had this great email from David Evans recently. Hi Bob Italian Prisoners of War Following David Oakley’s revelation amazing in the ‘Tanking Along‘ articles that there were Italian prisoners of War locall, something I had no knowledge of, I … Continue reading

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Memories of Old Stonnall

The fantastic, resourceful and dedicated Julian Ward-Davies has been in touch to point out that there’s a new article on his blog entitled ‘Memories of Old Stonnall’, a collaborative work with Gordon Mycock whose memories of his life in the … Continue reading

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The further adventures of Cecil Arthur Burton MM

I’m still receiving a large amount of comment and input on the continuing story of Arthur Burton, local hero. I can’t possibly put these contributions into a better narrative than they make themselves, so I’ll run with various contributors as … Continue reading

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Stories from the front

David Evans has been very busy this week supplying a wealth of further material relating to the wonderful history of Arthur Burton MM. First of all, he sent a copy of Arthur’s diary entry relating to White Chateau, Ypres. My … Continue reading

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Arthur Burton MM – uncovering the history

There’s been a lot of interest in the touching story of Arthur Burton, the local young man who fought in the first world war, who later farmed land near Brownhills. I took the step of posting a link to the … Continue reading

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Local hero part three: The Lost Lanes of Stonnall

Top amateur historian Julian Ward-Davies has dropped me a line to point out that his latest work, entitled ‘The Lost Lanes of Stonnall’ is now online. Julian, as regular readers will recall, is the hugely talented, dedicated author, geek and … Continue reading

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Tree roots

Here’s a brief enquiry for the landscape historians amongst us. I’m preparing the ground for a post about the Sire Oak – not the pub, but the tree itself. Cut down and lost in the late Victorian era, this arboreal … Continue reading

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Calling Stonnall history buffs…

Julian Ward-Davies sent me mail today to point out that he’d updated some of the material in his remarkable  paper ‘The Stonnall Mysteries‘. Hi Bob For some time, I have been considering the whereabouts of the original Swan Inn, which … Continue reading

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Who knows where the time goes?

It really doesn’t seem like five minutes since I last wished all you readers a merry Christmas and a very happy new year. This last one has been an interesting and engaging time for me with the Brownhills Blog. I’ve … Continue reading

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The lost post of Stonnall

Way back in the mists of time, top reader and contributor Steve Hickman asked a question about when I thought the Chester Road was diverted from Stonnall Village. I started researching a reply, but in the interim, top amateur landscape … Continue reading

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It’s about time

Life has been quite hectic lately and I haven’t got as much stuff up here as I would have liked. Sorry about that, but things seem to be settling down a bit now, so I thought I’d take the opportunity … Continue reading

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