Two Tipton men, John Price and Job Lawley, killed on the same day.
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 6th September 1916, age 25.
Buried in Grave I. G. 38. at Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 33rd Brigade of 11th Division.
Born: Bilston, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.
First landed Balkans, 6th October 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.
Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.
Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/545971/
Birth of Job Lawley registered December Quarter 1890 in Dudley.
57 Chapel Street, Coseley, Staffs.
William Lawley (40, Coal Miner, born Sedgley Parish), his wife Ruth (40, born Sedgley Parish), and their 10 children: Benjamin (19, Iron Moulder, born Sedgley Parish), William (17, Coal Miner, born Sedgley Parish), Mary (15, born Sedgley Parish), Edward (11, born Sedgley Parish), Sarah (10, born Sedgley Parish), George (8, born Sedgley Parish), Daniel (6, born Sedgley Parish), Ruth (4, born Sedgley Parish), Doris (3, born Sedgley Parish), and Job (7 months, born Sedgley Parish).
16 Chapel Street, Coseley, Staffs.
William Lawley (48, Coal Miner - Hewer, born Bilston), his wife Ruth (47, born Princes End), and their 6 children: Sarah (20, Tailor, born Sedgley), George (17, Coal Miner - Hewer, born Sedgley), Ruth (14, born Sedgley), Dot (11, born Sedgley), Job (9, born Sedgley), and Ada (7, born Sedgley).
25 Wallbrook Street, Coseley, Staffs.
Ruth Lawley (56, Widow, born Princes End), and 3 of her 9 surviving children of 13, and a grandson: George (28, Coal Miner - Hewer, born Wallbrook), Job (20, Iron Moulder, born Wallbrook), Ada (18, born Sedgley), and William (16, Grandson, Miner, born Wallbrook).
Marriage of Job Lawley and Hannah M. Hixon registered March Quarter 1913 in Dudley.
Job Lawley was born and raised in Coseley, his connection with Tipton seems to have started with his marriage to Hannah Mary Hixon in 1913. She was born and bred in Tipton (Park Lane Passage in 1911); it is not known if they then lived in Tipton but Job is commemorated on the Tipton Library memorial. They had a son, Richard W.L. Lawley who was born in March quarter 1914, but sadly died in September quarter 1915.
After Job's death his outstanding army pay and allowances was paid to his widow Hannah, this amounted to £5/10/9d (5 pounds, 10 shillings and 9 pence). His War Gratuity of £5/10/0d (5 pounds 10 shillings) was paid in December 1919, also to Hannah who had by this time re-married and was Hannah Steele.
The 7th South Staffs were part of 11th Division, serving initially in Gallipoli during 1915, evacuating to Egypt, and then arriving in France in July 1916.
They were initially posted near Arras, moving to the Somme battlefield in September 1916. They took over front line trenches in the Thiepval-Ovillers sector on 6th September 1916, "facing north between Thiepval and Mouquet Farm". They were shelled on the 6th and each subsequent day until they were relieved on the 11th September, having had 14 men killed, including 2 experienced company commanders, and 4 men from Tipton.
The Tipton men were: Job Lawley and John Price on 6th, William Turner on the 9th, and John Duffield dying from wounds on the 10th September.
7th South Staffs War Diary.
6th September 1916
"..About 3 pm. the enemy's artillery became severe and between that hour and 6 pm. we lost 5 killed, 4 wounded and 2 shell-shocked.."
Of the 5 men killed, 2 were from Tipton: Job Lawley and John Price who are buried side by side in Ovillers Military Cemetery, adjacent to the grave of William Turner who was killed on the 9th September.
Birmingham Daily Post 2nd October 1916
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
South Staffordshire Regiment- Lawley, 18411, Lce-Cpl., J., (Tipton).