Wolverhampton Stories

George Onions VC (2 March 1883 – 2 April 1944)

Born in Bilston, George Onions was the recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy. The Victoria Cross was awarded to Onions for his noble act of bravery on 22 August 1918 when he was 35 years old.

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Roland Elcock VC ( 1899 – 1944)

Roland Elcock was born in Heath Town and enlisted to the First World War when he was just 15 years old. He was discovered and re-enlisted on his 18th birthday. Elcock was awarded the Victoria Cross for his remarkable act of bravery on 15 October 2018.

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The Wilson Brothers

William David (Billy) and John Harwood Wilson were the sons of Thomas William and Martha Wilson. The family were living in Smethwick in 1901, but by 1911 had moved to Tettenhall, Wolverhampton.

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First female Wolverhampton Councillor – Emma Lloyd Sproson

A key player in the suffragette movement and women's rights in Wolverhampton was Emma Lloyd Sproson, also known as Red Emma.

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Private Jesse Hill

Jesse Hill lived with his wife, Margaret and their two children, Harold and Jesse, at 13 Peel Street, Wolverhampton. Before the war Jesse was a fitter and turner, working in the local cycle trade.

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