Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

William Abel Danks (1899 - 1918)

William Abel Danks was born in Bridgnorth in 1899. He was the son of Thomas Henry Danks, an agricultural labourer, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth. The family lived in Eardington where Thomas Henry worked as a cattle stockman and later, as a Traction Engine Steerer.

William was a poorly child: the 1911 census records that the 11-year-old was 'delicate from birth' and only attending school part-time. When he was conscripted, he was posted to the Royal Field Artillery but was fairly quickly transferred to the Labour Corps. He died on 7th November, 1918, aged 19, and is buried in Quatford Churchyard.

Owing to ill-health, it is unlikely that William was ever sent overseas. There appears to be no record that he was awarded any war medals.

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