Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 23rd June 2019


Our speakers night this month is on 26th June  2019 at 7.30 The Salem, High Street, Cheslyn Hay admission £1 including refreshments
The theme is ” The Story of The Two Crosses – William Coltman VC” by Tim Coltman 

William Coltman  was arguably one of the bravest and most heroic men to have served in our armed forces during World War One. All of his awards for bravery and valour were gained without him firing a single shot.During World War One, William served as a stretcher bearer with The North Staffordshire Regiment, who through amalgamation are now the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment. William Coltman VC is buried in Burton, Staffordshire at St Mark’s Church, Winshill.

 Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

Rogers Trips 2019
We have 5 tickets left for our  trip on Thursday 18th July  to Leicester to visit the resting place of Richard III . The cost is  £10 for the coach and if you would like to visit the Cathedral an extra £3. We will leave the Salem, High Street, Cheslyn Hay at 8am 

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser
19th June 1969  Glancing Backwards 17th June 1944
Mr Isaac Sheldon of 18, Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay, has found a penny dated 1261, over 680 years old in his allotment.

19th June 1969  Salem Women’s Own held their June tea last week in Salem Church Rooms. 

19th June 1969  Cheslyn Hay’s Gingham Girls competed in entertainment troupe competitions at Oswestry on Saturday to retain the challenge cup they won last year. Full report.

Cannock Chase Courier  21st June 1919
Chat from Cheslyn Hay
  Last week Miss. Amy Wesley, daughter of William Wesley, of Station Street, suddenly passed away.
Some weeks Lawson visited these hostelries and opened the various boxes, and the amount collected was really surprising. The secretary gives the following amounts: – from the Talbot box, £1 10s 6d. Red Lion £1, Colliers Arms 16s. Bricklayers Arms 1s. Rose and Crown 5s.  Lord Nelson 3s 9½d, Mr. T. Williams, tobacconist, 5s 3d.
The local Institute adjoining the Salem Church is a progressive institution and at present there are more members than for some time past with a football club and during the past season the players performed very well, in fact only three matches were lost during the whole season and Fred Baker has signed a professional form for Stafford Rangers.  

21st June 1919  On Monday morning Mrs. Susannah Jones, of 40, Low Street, received a communication from the Record Office, York, stating that the death of her husband Corporal Herbert Jones, who has been missing since the 29th of March 1918, must have taken place on that date.  Corporal Jones ago a box was placed at the public hostelries to collect money for the Peace Celebrations.
Last weekend Mr. R. H. Brough and Mr. C. T. was formerly a miner at West Cannock Colliery, before enlisting in the Army, five years ago, and for over four years was on active service in France.  He leaves a widow and one child to mourn his loss.

General News
This is the entry on the Commonwealth war Graves Website for Corporal Herbert Jones mentioned in the above newspaper report of 21st June 1919
Corporal Jones, Herbert
Service Number 15245
Died 29/03/1918 Aged 29
1st Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers

Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Jones, of 22, Belt Rd., Chadsmoor, Hednesford, Staffs; husband of Susannah Jones, of 40, Low St., Cheslyn Hay, Walsall.
He is commemorated
 at Arras Memorial  Bay 2 and 3, France.

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