Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.
Thomas Millward was born in Claverley, probably in 1879. He was the son of John Millward, an agricultural labourer and his wife Mary Ann. Soon after Thomas' birth the family moved to Tettenhall where they lived for a while before settling at Oaken in about 1895.
Thomas worked as an agricultural labourer. He married Ellen and, by 1911, they had three daughters and a son. Shortly before the 1911 census, the family left Codsall and moved to Sutton Maddock. John and Mary Ann continued to live at Oaken.
Thomas joined the 1/6 Battalion of the South Staffs Regiment, a unit formed in Wolverhampton in August 1914. He went to France at the end of June 1915 and probably first saw action during the German liquid fire attack at Hooge at the end of July. He went missing, presumed dead, during the Battle of Loos when his battalion was involved in the attack at the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13 October 1915. The 1/6 suffered heavy losses - details can be found here.
Private Thomas Millward, 3845, is remembered on the Loos Memorial. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1914/15 Star. He may have been related to Sidney Chamberlain Millward who died in the same attack and whose father lived at Codsall Wood.
This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.