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OK have made progress. Still looking for a good photograph, but now have found images of the book, which contains the names and hence I will be able to find the records. https://www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk/p1013607762/h98D87676#h98de1e47
There is a wall by the Greek Orthodox church of Holy Trinity and St Luke, (formerly the West Midlands Community Centre), with a space where some sort of memorial plaque used to be. Does anyone have any idea what used to be there? (have a picture but it's too large to post).
I am now in touch with several relatives (although none now live in Balsall Heath and only one in Birmingham), as a result of publicity and trawling family trees. We hope that several relatives will be attending our church on Saturday or Sunday.
Oddly this report is wrong about he award of the MC, which was gazetted posthumously in September 1918. The citation reads; "“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when forward observation officer. He remained at his post until his communications were cut and he was nearly surrounded...
I am in touch with Fred Cross's nephew (who was born long after Fred died). He says it has meant quite a lot to him and his sister to find out about the memorial, as they did not think Fred was commemorated anywhere.
I've had some experience with the 100-year rule at both the National Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives: If there is a book containing names you have to prove that all the names have been dead for 100 years....