Tag: Swindon

Image of High Street, Swindon

The family of Isaac and Sarah Williams (nee Baldwin) moved to Swindon, Staffordshire between 1869 and 1871, moving from Lower Mitton (Stourport) in Worcestershire to Wolverhampton between 1861 and 1863 and then to Swindon, a small village in Staffordshire, near to Dudley. It is assumed that they moved for reasons of work. Isaac was an iron worker and the company that he is believed to have worked for, E. P. & W. Baldwin, had works in Wilden, Worcestershire as well…

Image of soldiers

“KILLED IN ACTION Sergt. Isaac Leonard Williams, South Staffs, whose mother resides at High Street, Swindon, Dudley, has been killed in action. Sergeant Williams, who joined the Army four years ago, had been on active service for two years. He was 22 years old and received his first wound in June 1915. He fought through many battles. ” Wolverhampton Express & Star, 17th August 1916 Len, as he was known, enlisted as a regular soldier in the South Staffordshire Regiment…

Image of Charles Corns

Charlie was a regular soldier who served in the Coldstream Guards during the Boer War, and then joined the South Staffordshire Regiment when the First World War broke out. Enlistment in 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards and service in Boer War 1899-1902 The release of World War I pension records has been really helpful in terms of understanding how my great-great uncle, Charles Corns, came to serve in the First World War when aged over 35. The pension records clearly show…

This is Swindon in Staffordshire, not the other, much larger one in Wiltshire. I have been browsing through Around Pattingham and Wombourne in old photographs and thought I’d note the following information about the ironworks. Hopefully, this will help me unpick the movements of the Williams family between Swindon, Wolverhampton and Wilden. The first forge at Swindon was converted from a corn mill by Thomas Foley in 1647 By 1834 it was owned by George and Edward Thorneycroft of Wolverhampton…