John Henry Carless, V.C.
Born at Walsall 11th November 1896, killed in action Heligoland Bight 17th November 1917.
Awarded the Victoria Cross "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Although mortally wounded in the abdomen, he still went on
serving the gun at which he was acting as rammer, lifting a projectile and helping to clear away the other casualties. He collapsed once, but
got up, tried again, and cheered on the new gun's crew. He then fell and died. He not only set a very inspiring and memorable example but
he also, whilst mortally wounded continued to do effective work against the King's enemies"