Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Joseph Harry Lionel Trevor was baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Bridgnorth, on 26th June, 1895. He was the son of Joseph and Lucy Trevor who ran the Vine Inn in Mill Street.
Joseph worked as a silk and calico printer. In 1912 he had suffered from rheumatic fever which had left him with heart disease and anaemia. He was ‘called up’ in June 1917 and posted to the Labour Corps but after a period in hospital he was discharged ‘no longer physically fit’ in November.
Private Trevor died on 28th December 1917, at Wolverhampton General Hospital. His funeral was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal on 5th January, 1918.
SEMI-MILITARY FUNERAL [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 5th January, 1918] On Wednesday last the funeral of the late Private Joseph Henry Lionel Trevor, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Trevor, took place. The deceased joined the colours in June 1917, when he became attached to the Royal Fusiliers, and went to Scotland, but his state of health necessitated his being sent to Wolverhampton General Hospital, where he died on the 28th ult., and the body was brought home on the 31st ult., to the Vine Hotel, Mill Street, from where the cortege left for the Cemetery in the following order: Wh[eeled] bier with coffin and six bearers; first coach, Mr and Mrs. Trevor, Hilda and Cecil (sister and brother); second coach, Mr Dubberly, Mrs and Miss Hand, and Ida; squad of soldiers under the command of Sergeant F. C. Treece, Maxim Gun Corps. The oak coffin bore the following inscription on the breastplate:- “Joseph Harry Lionel Trevor. Died, December 28th, 1917, aged 22 years.” [Long list of floral tributes includes family members, friends, “Workmen at the Print Works”, “His Broken-Hearted Sweetheart, Fanny.”]
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