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KATHLEEN BROOKES: Deaconess/ Sunday School Teacher/ Superintendent. St Paul’s Church, Walsall. Lived at Fernleigh, Mellish Road, Walsall with her father, William Henry Brookes, JP, in 1906. She was on the Prisoner of War Relief Fund, Walsall Ladies’ Health Society and Walsall Poor Children’s Holiday Society.
WILLIAM BROOKES & SONS Ltd. were merchants & manufacturers, saddlers/ iron ironmongery, 9 Leicester St, in 1906.
MARY BROOKES: (daughter) Deaconess.
HENRY COZENS: Father of TIM COZENS see Soldiers Page.
The Revd E. More DARLING: Vicar of Walsall. Kept up lifetime correspondence with Bertie.
The Revd J.B. DIXON: Vicar of Ashton under Lyne ? (Born 21 April. Year unknown).
Mr & Mrs Enoch EVANS : Hibbett Family Friends. Enoch Evans became Mayor of Walsall in 1917?
MOLLY EVANS; EDITH EVANS; WINNIE EVANS
NORMAN EVANS; ENOCH EVANS
VERNON EVANS: QMS OTC. Bertie’s Best Pal. Volunteered & trained together. Stayed together for most of their 16 months at the Front. Kept up correspondence for the rest of their lives. Vernon & his brother Enoch, became solicitors in Walsall.
The FARRINGTONS, FENTONS, MIDDLETONS, HURSTS: Members of St Paul’s Church, Walsall.
Mr HEMMING: Arthur Hibbett’s Secretary, Education Office, Town Hall, Walsall.
The Revd KEY, Vicar of St Paul’s Walsall, & Mrs KEY
Mr. E.N. MARSHALL: Headmaster Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall. Recruitment PC to Hibbett family, 11th August. 1914.
Mr. NIGHTINGALE: of Fisher & Nightingale, Lichfield St, Walsall. Bertie’s Boss at Mine Engineering Works,
[ LORD BRADFORD: Walsall Pit Owner (associated with Nightingale Mine Engineering Works?) ]
Mr & Mrs OVEREND: Hibbett Family Friends.
MARY/ MAY OVEREND; WINNIE OVEREND
LENA THACKER: Friend of Sydney & later of Basil.
Dr. UTTING: Hibbett Family Doctor, cared for Ida in her final illness. Graves of both in Rushall Churchyard, nr Walsall.
FRIENDS IN SAFFRON WALDEN:-
Mr WILLIAM FRANCIS & Mrs ALICE PENNING: 29, Gold Street, Saffron Walden. (Army billets for Bertie, Sydney, Vernon Evans and Norman Cope before embarcation to the Front). Their son, Corporal ARTHUR PENNING 29471 Royal Garrison Artillery, was reported Missing / Killed in Action, 20th Aug. 1915. Age 25. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery. (IV C. 2A).
Alice Penning wrote a very moving little note to Bertie Hibbett’s Mother, as the boys left for France, Midnight, Feb 28th 1915. Bertie kept up with the Penning Family for several years after the War.
PHOTOGRAPHS : Courtesy of Mrs K. Penning (nee Ketteridge, daughter of John Francis Penning, brother of William Penning, Bertie’s Landlord) & her son, Vaughan, Penning, 2001.
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