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Many of the names on the memorial are relatively easy to find in online records.

Some take a bit more detective work.  This one really is an interesting name!

We have  Shuker, D.E.  Private, Shropshire Imperial Yeomanry.

Now, Shuker is definitely a local name – there’s evidence on the census returns of several Shuker families living in and around Wellington.  The local directories of the early 20th Century show businesses owned by different Shukers.

But….. There’s no D.E. Shuker listed on the Commonwealth War Graves list of servicemen killed in WW1. That shows 14 Shukers died in WW1 from British and Commonwealth forces, of which only one had the initial D:  He was a private in the London regiment, and son of parents in Cheshire.

There’s no D.E Shuker listed on the Soldiers Died 1914-1918 register.

The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 shows only two entries for Shuker – H A Shuker and W H A Shuker, both of the same address in Birmingham.

Free BMD searches reveal a Donald Percy, Douglas Harry, David, Donald, Dick Kirkland, and a Douglas.

Were your grandparents named Shuker?  Do you have any stories about what they did in the Great War??  This really is our first ‘Mystery Man’ and it would be great if someone could identify him.  Could it be a typo?  Could he have changed his name?

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