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Alfred William Stokes


Alfred William Stokes was born in the summer of 1894 and baptised on August 28 in Claverley, Shropshire. He was the fifth of six children born to John William and Elizabeth Jane Stokes (née Chasney), who married in 1882, in London.

Early Life

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living in Hopstone, Claverley. John was employed as a Shepherd on a farm. His eldest son, George Frederick (aged 15) was a Pupil Teacher. John (aged 13) was employed on a farm and the four youngest children, Harriet (aged 12), Cecil Chasney (aged nine), Alfred and Edith (both aged four), were all presumably still at school. Elizabeth Jane had no occupation listed.

John died in 1910 (aged 50). The 1911 Census showed Elizabeth Jane as the head of the household, living at 1 Hopstone House, in Bridgnorth, Shropshire; her occupation was recorded as Farmer and she was also listed as an employer. George Frederick had continued teaching and was employed by the Borough Council as an Elementary Teacher; Cecil was working on the farm; Alfred was at school; Harriet and Edith had no occupations recorded.

Chester College

Alfred attended Chester College and left in 1915.

Military Service

The date of Alfred’s enlisting is unknown, but as he has no entitlement to the 1914-1915 Star, he did not get to France until 1916. It is known that he enlisted into the 14th (Service) Battalion (1st Birmingham) Royal Warwickshire Regiment, which was formed at Birmingham in September 1914. The Battalion landed at Boulogne on November 21, 1915.

Lest We Forget

Alfred was killed in action on September 3, 1916. The events leading up to his death are recorded in the Battalion’s war diary.

Post Mortem

Alfred was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals. He is remembered on the Theipval memorial, in France.