Born at Bromley Farm, Worfield she married Lt William Cornes from Alveley. They met while he was recuperating at Worfield VAD hospital and she was nursing there.This is a biography given to me by Thomas Minshall
William Corns was the eldest of five children of Harriet and Henry Corns, born on the 6th February 1888 at Coton Cottages Alveley, Shropshire, and died 31st March 1983 (aged 95 years). The family soon moved to a smallholding at Allscott near Worfield. William attended Worfield school, where there was another boy by the same name, so to avoid confusion it was decided to spell Cornes with an ‘e’ which has remained to this day.
In January 1901 his father was killed in a cycling accident, he was only 43 years old. Struggling to make ends meet the family moved into 7 Worfield and the older members of the family dispersed. The oldest girls went to work in local big houses and William at the age of 14 was sent to work in London. In London William found lodgings with Mrs McCarthy who herself had recently moved to London from Bridgnorth. William found temporary work in a large store, but took on many jobs including; junior assistant at an ironmongers and an apprentice with a firm of painters. He continued his studies in London, and attended the Kilburn Polytechnic College, and then aged 20 joined the territorials. William went on to serve in the Army in both WW1 and WW2. His army career is summarised in an article taken from the Bridgnorth Journal in 1945.
He often told stories of the terrible conditions in the trenches. When he landed in Gallipoli a sniper shot at him, the bullet hitting him to the pith helmet he was wearing at the time, narrowly missing his head. His only wound from WW1 was a large boil on the inside of his thigh caused by riding his horse in very wet conditions. It turned septic and he was subsequently sent home on sick leave and attended the convalescent home in Worfield for dressings.
The Rochelles’ were a farming family from Bromley Near Bridgnorth, Catherine Blanche Rochelle was born April 21st 1897, and was the eldest daughter of Sam Rochelle by his second wife Edith. Sam Rochelle had three surviving children from his previous marriage and when his wife; Ann died giving birth to still born twins he employed Edith Pickering as his housekeeper. Eventually they went on to marry, and had six children themselves. Catherine Blanche, or Kitty as she was known suffered ill health as a child. Kitty joined the V.A.D nurses and went to work at the convalescent home at Worfield where she went on to meet Lt W. Cornes. They married on 23rd October 1919 at Worfield church.
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