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The memorial stands at the entrance to the Churchyard of All Saints Church, Bruffs Lane, Milwich. It takes the form of a concret base bearing two rough-hewn granite plinths surmounted by a rough-hewn Celtic Cross with the inscription in white lettering on the front face of the plinth. There are four names listed for World War 1 only. The memorial was unveiled on 14 November 1920 by Brigadier-General Sir S Hill Child, Baronet, M.P.
Milwich Memorial Cross Richard Pursehouse (WMR-13596)

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919
ALSO IN THANKFULNESS FOR THOSE WHO RETURNED

ALCOCK Thomas William

Private 22556, 7th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action in Mesopotamia 21 December 1916. Aged 28. Born Leigh, Stafforshire, enlisted Stone, Staffordshire. Son of Ephraim Laurence Alwich and Lydia Alcock, of Whitelow Brooks, Milwich. Enlisted 11 April 1916, No known grave. Commemorated on the BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 34.

Extract from Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 14 April 1917, page 4:

MILWICH SOLDIER KILLED

Mr. Alcock, contractor and farmer, of Whitelow Brook, Milwich, has been informed that his son. Pte. T. W. Alcock, who enlisted in the North Staffordordshire Regiment on April 11 last year, was killed action in Mesopotamia on Dec 21, aged 29.

The news came in a letter from his Captain Mr. J. E. Knight, of Milwich Hall. The letter says:— "I deeply regret to say that Pte. T. W. Alcock was killed in action on Dec. 21. Your parcel for him has been received to-day and has jeen distribiited to his comrades. He was an excellent soldier, one of my old platoon, a gallant soldier who faced all kinds of days cheerfully and bravely. He was missed by all his fellow men, who had the greatest respect for him."

Two other sons are serving with the Coloure — Pte. E. L. Alcock, Leicester Regiment, who enlisted in December, 1914. and was wounded in France last July and Pte. E. J. Alcock, North Staffordshire Regiment, who enlisted in in January, 1916, and is now at Lincoln waiting for a draft. All the three sons worked with their father in the business.

MARTIN, MM Edgar Shemilt

Private 201973, "A" Company, 2nd/5th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment) attached to 89th Light Trench Mortar Battery. Died of wounds 21 August 1918. Aged 27. Born Coton, Staffordshire, enlisted Stone, Staffordshire. Son of William and Emily of Whitelow Brooks, Milwich. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in ARNEKE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 10.

Extract from Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 25 May 1918, page 7:

MILWICH.

MILITARY MEDAL—Mr. and Mrs. W. Martin, of Milwich, have received information that their son, Edgar, has been awarded the Military Medal. He is the first Milwich man to obtain this distinction.

MIDDLETON Joseph
Private 37699 [CWGC] or 37669 [SDGW], 9th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry formerly 18473, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action 16 September 1916. Aged 20. Born Longton, Staffordshire, Enlisted Longton, Staffordshire November 1915. Son of Mr & Mrs Middleton of Red Lion Inn, Day Hills, Milwich. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.

Extract from Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 28 July 1917, page 5:

MILWICH.

Soldier Missing. —Mr. and Mrs. Middleton, of the Red Lion Inn, Day Hills, Milwich, have received information that their son, Pte. Joseph Mieldleton. of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, has been missing since the 16th of September, since when no news has been received of him. He enlisted in November, 1915, when 19 years of age, and had been in France about four months. Before the war he worked at home, helping his father on the farm.

NICHOLLS John
Private 19192, 1st Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action 12 August 1916. Aged 17. Born and resident Stone, Staffordshire, enlisted Fenton, Staffordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 B and 14 C.

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