Silas Edward HUXLEY,
Private, [S/43144] 6th/7th Bn., Gordon Highlanders
Born Wem, in 1890, the son of Isaac (born 1855, Bettisfield, Flintshire, Wales) & Laura Huxley (neé Levermore, born 1854, Chiswick, Middlesex).
1891 Census: They are listed as living at 31, Noble St., Wem. Siblings are Harold (born 1882), Florence (born 1883), Leonard (born 1885), Frank (born 1887) and Dorothy (born 1889), all were born in Wem. Isaac Huxley’s occupation is Coal Merchant and Cycle Agent.
1901 Census: Silas’ brothers Arthur (born 1892) and Frederick (born 1898) are also listed.
1911 Census: Silas and his parents are living at 37, High St., Wem and Silas is listed as a Cycle Agent and his father as Coal Merchant.
In the 1881 Census, Isaac Huxley is living at 16, Aston Rd., Wem and described as a Coal Merchant, employing two men. The previous census lists him in Hulme, Manchester as a pupil teacher living with his brother, Moses Huxley, a grocer.

Silas Huxley in WWI:
29 June 1916, embarked Southampton; disembarked Rouen 30 June 1916
6 July 1916, posted, 21st Manchester Bn.
21 July 1916, posted, 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders.
21 October 1917, wounded in action.
21 April 1918, rejoined battalion.
6 October 1918, posted, 6th/7th Gordon Highlanders.
13 October 1918, killed in action, just north of Cambrai, France, in the final Allied ‘100-Days Offensive’ of WWI.

As mentioned above, in 1881 the Huxleys were Coal, Salt and Coke Merchants trading from Wem station yard, and living at 16, Aston Road. They were also listed as ‘ Cycle, wireless and hardware dealers’ at 37, the High Street. This is the shop now occupied by Wright News. In 1881, Isaac's brother, Andrew who was 17, was an assistant in the business.
Copies of an advert and invoices from the firm in later years are shown here:

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