Ben Bilboe was a Bilston First World War veteran. This is his signature and on the back is a date but I can't read the year. He became Mayor of Bilston and was a man committed to improving the lot of the poor. As such, although they may well have been on the opposite side of the political divide, Ben would certainly have found a friend in Joseph kirkland senior who experienced a year long lock out when he worked as a puddler in Ettingshall. Hard times indeed.
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