World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
Surnames S part 3
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56838, was a acting Regimental Serjeant Major in the 222nd
HQ Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He had a long
army career, having served in the South Africa campaign,
and had been awarded the MSM, Long Service and Good
Conduct medal. He was 51 when he died in
Mesopotamia (at Raundi?) on 22nd November 1917 from pneumonia, and is
buried at the Baghdad (North Gate) War cemetery in Iraq.
He was the son of
Charles and Frances Squibb, who lived in Broadmayne,
Dorset, where he was born. He enlisted in Dorchester. His wife Margaret,
born in Aldershot, and their daughter lived at 53 Astley Avenue, and later Mrs Squibb moved to 3 Williams
Cottages, Danson Lane, Welling, Kent. IN 1911 the
family were living at 46 Dour Street, Dover.
On 30th June 1924, F G
Hayward, an architect and surveyor from the Market
Square informed the Town Clerk that he had found two
names of casualties who had been on his staff but who
had not yet been included on the list of those to be
commemorated on the Town Memorial. One was Harry Squibb,
the other Robert McTaggart.
Squire, B. B.
Basil Brett Squire
was a Lieutenant acting as Captain in the 460th battery,
15th Brigade, of the Royal Field
Artillery. He was 20 when he died on 23 April 1917. He
is buried at Tilloy British Cemetery in France.
was the son of Basil Brett and Edith Jane Squire, who
lived at 56 Leyburn Road, Dover, and in 1911 at 1 Leyburn
Terrace. Mr Brett was born in Wivenhoe, Essex, and was a
head brewer, and Mrs Brett was born in Mersea. They had
four children in 1911, all born in Dover; Basil, Edith
Mary, Edward Keith, and Hugh Noel.
Possibly John James Stageman, who was born at St George's,
Whitechapel in London in 1885, to John, a waterside labourer,
and Clara, a trouser finisher. Clara Holverston and John
Stageman married in Whitechapel in 1877.
John James Stageman married Ada
Annie King, in 1908, and they had children: .Cleveland
Lillian, born 1909, David J A, born 1913, and Dorothy C,
born 1916. There were two further children, Ada E, born
1919, and Ellen S, born 1921. In 1911 the family were
living at 258 Katherine Buildings, Cartwirght Street,
Whitechapel. Later, Mrs Stageman lived at 47
Royal Albert Buildings, Whitechapel, London. She was
born in Dover.
He enlisted in Stratford, and served as 15515 (or 15575)
in the Royal Field Artillery, 103rd battery, 31st
brigade, as a Gunner, and died when he was 30 on 5th
June 1916. He is buried at the Salonika (Lembet Road)
Military Cemetery, Greece, grave 143.
with thanks to Peter
PW213, was working as a labourer in the Admiralty Works
in Dover in 1911. He was born in Dover, as were his
mother, Martha, and his brothers Alfred and William, and
sister Hilda. His father had died in 1898 in Dover.
Charles Stamp enlisted in Woolwich and lived in North Woolwich,
a Lance Corporal in the 18th battalion of the Duke of
Cambridge's Own (Middlesex
His Company Officer
wrote to his mother, Mrs Martha Stamp, of 15 Odo Road, Tower
Hamlets, in his birth town, Dover, "He was working in a trench when a shell
hit him, and he was killed instantly. Your son was one
of my NCOs and I was very sorry indeed to lose so good a
man. I am sure you will feel his loss very much, and I
offer you my heartfelt sympathy in your loss.".
Charles was 27
when he died on 11 May 1916. He
is buried in the Cambrin Churchyard
Extension cemetery, France.
Stanbridge, R. M.
Stanbridge, 49074, was a Private in the 2nd battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment
(formerly 158604 RASC). He was 25 when he died in action on
26th March 1918, and is commemorated on the Pozieres
Memorial in France.
He was born in Dover and enlisted in Canterbury, and his
parents were John William, a fruiterer, and Ada Mary Stanbridge, who
lived at 10 De Burgh Street, Dover. In 1911 Robert was
working as a telephone clerk, and was living with his
sisters, Edith Emma, Winifred May, and Doris Catherine,
all born in Dover, and their parents at 8 Wood Street.
Stanley, L. G.
Stanley, L/9808, served in the 1st battalion of The
Buffs. He died in action on 23rd October 1914, when he was 20. He
is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
Christchurch, Dover, he enlisted and lived in
Canterbury. He was
the son of David, a shipwright, and Elizabeth Stanley, of 3 Saxon
Street, Dover. In 1911 the family were living at 21
Military Road; Leslie was then working as a boot
repairer. His sister, Ailsa, was 14, and his brother
Sidney was 23 and serving as a gunner in the Royal
Garrison Artillery. Both were born in Dover.
Statham, H. K. L.
Llewelyn Statham enlisted in Canada on 23 September
1914. He was the son of the Rev Samuel Percy Hammond Statham and his wife Meta, née
Gill, who was the daughter of The Venerable Hugh Stowell
Gill, Archdeacon of the Isle of Man, and Margaret, his
wife, née Llewellyn. Hugh was born at Cheddar in
Somerset on 3 November 1886, and was educated at Windlesham and Dover College before going
alone in April 1903 to Canada.
enlistment he was recorded as five feet nine inches tall,
with several scars;
two on his right forearm, one on the wrist of his left
hand, and one on the middle finger of his left hand. He
also had a mole in the centre of his back. His eyes were
blue and his hair brown. He had been working as a
Lt Statham was serving with 3rd battalion, attached to
the 1st, of the Devonshires when he
died on 6 September 1917. He was buried at the Coxyde
Military Cemetery, Belgium, III F 10.
He left a wife, Margaret Renee,
née Heneage, who lived at Thetis Island, British Columbia, when he enlisted, and
later at Victoria. The couple had two children, Hugh
Henry Llewellyn and Margaret Joan. Hugh would served in
the Canadian Army during World War II with Margaret's
husband, his friend Ken Ogden, who was wounded during
the campaign in Italy.
thanks to Dierdre Freethy
Note: Rev S P H
Statham wrote a number of historical reference books.
In 1899 he published, "The
History of the Castle, Town and Port of Dover (London)".
S P H Statham is noted as incumbent at St Mary in
Castro, Dover, in 1901. He was an army chaplain, and
died on 6 April 1940.
Stephenson, P. S.
Stephenson, G/14519, was a Private in the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent
Regiment). He died on 27th August 1916 in hospital from
wounds at La Neuville, Corbie in France, which is where he is
buried. He was 36.
parents were Phyllis and the later Harker George
Stephenson, and Philip was born in Buckland and spent most
of his life there in Dover. She lived at Edith House, Heathfield
Road, having moved there from 3 Buckland Avenue. His mother said that his home was
always in Dover. However he enlisted in Clapham, and
lived in Tooting.
Stevens, 4331, was born in Belgium. He lived in Dover and was the son of Robert and Annie Stevens,
and the brother of Harry, below. Their grandmother was Mrs Sarah Ann Walter, of 12 Longfield Road.
In 1911 he was living with his grandmother and his aunt,
Juliet Walter, at 1 Round Tower Street, Dover. He was
then working as a milkman.
enlisting at Somerset House, he was a driver on the
trams. He enlisted to become a
Private serving in
the 15th (County of London) battalion (Prince of Wales'
Own Civil Service Rifles) of the London Regiment.
He died of wounds
on 4 June 1916 when he was 24. He is buried at Le Treport Military Cemetery, France.
Edward Percy Stevens,
2165, died in the Persian Gulf on 19th July 1916, while
serving with the Indian Expeditionary Force. He enlisted
and lived in Dover and was the
youngest son of Mr Charles Stevens, of Primrose Road,
and his wife's name was Emma J. Stevens. She lived at 69
Limekiln Street, and later at 29 Old Folkestone Road,
Carder, in command of Edward's battery, wrote to Mrs
Stevens, "Dear Madam, It is with very great regret that
I have to inform you of the death of your husband,
Gunner Stevens, while serving in the Battery under my
commands. His death occurred in hospital at ...... on
23rd July and was caused by malaria. You may rest
assured that he received every possible care and
attention during his illness. In the short time he
served under me I always knew him as a keen hard-working
soldier, and he would have risen quickly if he had been
spared to us. I trust that the knowledge that he died
doing his duty to his King and country may be some
slight consolation to you in your sad bereavement. Yours
very truly, C. Carder, RFA.".
Edward was serving with "A" battery, 222nd brigade,
of the Royal Field Artillery when
he died, and was aged 35. He is buried at Basra War
Stevens, G. V.
Stevens was a Lieutenant in the 1/5th battalion of the
Lincolnshire Regiment. He was 30 when he died on 18th
January 1918 from double pneumonia after having been
gassed in the trenches, and is buried at the
Chocques Military Cemetery in France.
was the youngest son of the Rev L G Stevens, formerly
curate of St Margaret's-at-Cliffe, and was educated at
the Forst School, Snaresbrook, and at Dover College. He
was said to be a good all-round scholar and a keen
athlete. He was captain of the Acadia Valley football
team, Alberta, and five other members of the side at
least also died in the Great War. He also was said to
led his men several times over the top, and to have
"sterling soldierly qualifications", and to be "justly
popular among his fellow officers and the rank and
He was the son of the Rev. Lorenzo Gorham Stevens and
Susan Lynde Stevens (nee Waddell), of Acadia Valley,
Alberta, Canada, and had left his farm in southern
Alberta to join the army, gaining a commission, as did
his solicitor brother.
9831, was Private in the 3rd Toronto Regiment in the
Canadian Infantry. He was born on 20th May 1893, in
Belgium, of a Dovorian mother. He was brother to
Alexander, above. He was five feet seven inches tall,
with blue eyes and light brown hair, and was a
Methodist. He was an active member of Beach Avenue
Methodist Church, Toronto, and was secretary of the
Epworth League and Brotherhood.
He had a vaccination mark on his left arm and
a little dent over his right eye. When he enlisted on
20th May 1914 he gave Mrs A H Peacock of 153 (163?) Balsam
Avenue, Barry Beach, Toronto, his foster mother, as his next of kin, and
had already seen two years service in the QOR. He gave
his occupation as a lithographer.
had written over 50 letters home since going overseas,
but nothing was heard from him after 1st May 1915. His
date of death is given by the CWGC as 2 May 1915, though
he was reported missing in April and his relative
F. A. Walter gives the date of his death as 20th April
1915. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres
Stewart, A. W.
Stewart, 26.637, was in the 4th battalion of the 3rd New
Zealand Rifle Brigade. He died of wounds on 27th October
1918. He is buried at Vertigneuil Churchyard, Romeries,
He was the son of Charles
and Lucy Stewart of Castle Hill Road, Dover.
*Stewart, H. W. (W H.?)
Stewart, 310491, served as a Stoker, 1st Class, in the
Royal Navy. He died when the HMS Pathfinder was
destroyed by an enemy submarine off the Firth of Forth
on 5 September 1914. He was 25. He is commemorated on
the Chatham Naval Memorial in the United Kingdom.
born in Dover on 9 October 1887, and was the son of
John Alexander and Catherine Stewart, of
62 Bulwark Street, Dover. In 1891 Mrs Stewart was
lodging in Folkestone, at 25 East Street, with three
children; Kate, 6, William, 2, and John, 2 months. They
were all born in Folkestone. By 1901 the family was
living at 1 Wellards Cottages, Bulwark Lane, Dover. Mr
Stewart was then working as a marine porter.
Stewart, J. A.
Stewart, K25780, brother of Henry (above) was born in
Folkestone on 18th December 1893. He was an assistant
electrical examiner at the Ashford Railway Works before
becoming a 1st class
Stoker in the Royal Navy. Aboard the submarine L10
was killed on 4th October 1918 when he was 26. The
L10 was attacking an enemy destroyer S33, which, with
S34 which struck a mine and was then lost, had come to
search for survivors of a enemy convoy attacked the
He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial
in the United Kingdom.
with thanks to Gina Baines for pre-war
*Stilwell, M. J.
Stilwell was a Lieutenant in the Queens Own regiment. He
served in the 4th battalion, and was 22 when he died in
30th June 1918. He is buried at the Bouzincourt Ridge
Cemetery, Albert in France.
parents were J E and Annie Stilwell, of Duncan, British
G/13724, was a Private in the 6th battalion of The
Buffs. He was 36 when he was killed in action on 27
March 1918. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial
born, enlisted, and lived in Dover, and left
a wife and six children, who lived
at 25 Albany
Place, Dover. Later his wife, Elizabeth Ann Stitson,
moved to 21 Sidney Street, Folkestone.
9535, was the second son of Mr and Mrs Henry Stokes, of
16 North Street, Dover, and was born at Maxton. He was an old St Mary's school
boy, and had enlisted in Dover. He returned from India in December 1914. He
then went to Winchester to camp and train, and, with the
2nd battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment, was sent
to France on 16th January. Fewer than three weeks later,
on 3rd February 1915, he was killed in action, at the
age of 23.
His machine gun officer Lieutenant A G Ottley wrote,
"Your son was in my machine gun section, and one of the
best of fellows and very popular with everyone. May I
offer you my deepest sympathy. I was so sorry but he died
like a soldier. I was next to him when he was hit. He
and I were attempting to put the gun into position when
he was hit. I am very thankful to say that he died
without pain and at once. I
was and am deeply grieved
but I know you will be glad to
know he died doing his
duty and without any pain."
Charles is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in
Belgium. His brother,
Horace, below, also fell
|In ever loving
remembrance of our dear sons, Horace, who died
of wounds at Rouen on April 17th 1918;
also Charlie, killed in action at Ypres,
February 3rd 1915. From their ever loving Mum
Their father was engaged on duties in Dover for the South
Eastern and Chatham Railway, and had also been in the
Military Foot Police in Dover. He had been for many
years in charge of the billiards room at the Dover
Institute. The couple had three other sons; Bob, Bill,
(John?) Stokes. PW/6104, was employed by the
Dover Corporation before he enlisted in Dover as G/9943
The Buffs, and later transferred to become a Private in
the 17th battalion of the (Duke of Cambridge's Own)
He had seen fourteen months service,
and just before he was expected home on leave he died
of wounds at the Base Hospital France on 27th December 1917.
He was 29. He is buried in the Grevilliers
British cemetery, France.
He was born at River, Dover, the
of Mr and Mrs F. Stokes. He lived at Kearsney and left a widow, Alice Stokes,
and a child, who lived at 10 Redvers Cottages, Kearsney,
35063, enlisted in Dover in October 1915. He was a Private in the
2nd/7th battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment
(formerly 012701 RAOC). He
was 23 when he died of wounds on 17th April 1918. He is
buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension in France.
Born in Hougham, he
was the son of Henry and Annie Stokes, of 16 North
Street, Dover. His brother Charles, above, also fell.
The words on the bottom of
in Memory of his Brother
9535 Private C. Stokes
East Yorkshire Regiment
3rd February 1918, age 25
Leonard Lindsay Stokes, G/4800, was born in
Dover, the son of Mrs E.
Stokes, of Liverpool Street, in Dover.
He enlisted in Canterbury but lived
in Margate. He died in action on 15th
September 1916, as a Private in the 1st battalion of the
Buffs. He now lies at Guillemont Road Cemetery, France,
IX N 4.
(brothers and mother)
Hubert F. Strand, 6389, was a Rifleman in the
1st/18th (County of London) battalion (London Irish
Rifles)of the London Regiment (formerly 3500 the 4th
battalion of The Buffs). He died in action on 3rd October 1916 when he was 29, and
is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in
Born and living in Dover, he was the son of Mrs Rosina Strand, and lived at 11
Redvers Cottages, Kearsney, and before enlisting in
at Buckland Paper Mills.
Streat, C. W.
Cyril William Streat, L10486, was born in
Putney and lived in Dover. He enlisted in Canterbury at
the outbreak of the Great War, serving as a Private in the 7th battalion of The
He was awarded the Military Medal on 19 January 1917. He died in action on 21 March 1918,
and is buried at Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension,
Aisne in France.
Cyril was the son of William Richard and
Elizabeth Emily Streat, from 64 Clarendon Road, Dover.
There were ten children in all, one of whom died
before 1911. Amongst
the family were two brothers, below, and three sisters, Florrie, Nellie, and Edith.
Sergeant William Streat, served in a Labour
Corps during the Great War. He was a veteran of
The Buffs, having served 21 years in the
regiment and subsequently four years during the
Lance-Corporal William Streat
was the eldest son, and joined The Buffs as the
Great War began. He had been wounded three times
by 1917, and gained the DCM on 4 August
The second son was Charles,
Edward who had joined the Royal Navy before the Great
War. He served on one of the submarines.
grave is at St James. The headstone reads, "In Loving Memory of Pte C Streat Late Buffs Killed
In Action 21st March 1918 Aged 21 years. Also Edith Rose Sister of the
above Died 4th January 1919 Aged 9 years "Safe in the arms of Jesus". Also of William R Streat
Father of the above Died 17th March 1940 Aged 73 years "Rest in Peace".
Also of Elizabeth Emily Wife
of the above Died 21st January 1954 Aged 84 years "At Rest".
Around the kerbstones is written,
"Also of Irene Edith Jefferies Also in loving memory of
Elsie May Called to rest 10th Dec 1973 Aged 67 years.
Also of Roger P C Jefferies".
notes: Elsie May
Streat was born 2 April 1906. She was one of Cyril's
Irene Edith Jefferies was the daughter of Frances Mary
Streat, one of Cyril's sisters, who married Frederick
Whiting in 1926. Roger Jefferies was the son of Irene
and her husband Charles Jefferies, born in about 1948.
William Charles Stubbs, 1087, was a Serjeant
in the 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish)of the Household
Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (including Yeomanry and
Imperial Camel Corps).
He was killed in action near Lille on 20th October 1914. A report states: "He was
advancing on a German trench in a dismounted action, and
was struck by a bullet from a machine gun and died in
ten minutes. His body could not be recovered, but was
buried during the night by the British Infantry at the
spot where he fell." He is commemorated on the Menin
Gate memorial in Belgium.
Born at Tower Hamlets and enlisting
in Dover, he was the son of the late Mr and Mrs A. C. Stubbs
He lived in Gillingham, and left a wife and baby son,
Alexander Charles Stubbs.
with thanks to David
Arthur Sturges, 57810, was a Private in the
2nd battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He died in
13th October 1918, and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois memorial
He was born in London, enlisted in Canterbury, and lived in
Associated with Holy Trinity, it was R Hodgson, of 8
Clarence Lawn, who requested he should be placed on the
David Charles Sumner, 8827, was a Company
Serjeant Major in the 2nd battalion of the Worcester
Regiment. He had been awarded the Medaille
Militaire and the DCM.
General in command of his Division wrote, "Your
Commanding Officer and Brigade Commander have informed
me that you have distinguished yourself by conspicuous
bravery in the field on 26th September 1915. I have read
their reports, and although promotion and decorations
cannot be given in every case I should like you to know
that your gallant action is recognised, and how greatly
it is appreciated." During an advance on enemy trenches
all the officers became casualties, and CSM Sumner took
command until the next morning when he was relieved.
He died of wounds on 8 May 1916 aged 28, and was
buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, France.
CSM Sumner was born in Ash, Surrey, the son of William
or George William,
a general labourer and beer house keeper, and Caroline
Sumner. In 1901 David was was working as a printer's
office boy and living at Firacre Road, Ash, with his
widowed mother and siblings Esther, James, Lucy, and
Carrie. His eldest sister, Minnie, was not at home.
David enlisted in Aldershot, probably around 1907. A
newspaper report of 1911 records him as a witness at an
inquest into the drowning in Dover of two soldiers,
stating that he had known one of the deceased "from the
office" for some three years. At that time the 3rd
Worcestershires, in which David was serving, had been
stationed at the Shaft Barracks, Western Heights, Dover,
from probably 1909, after a year's service in South
Africa in 1908.
On 4 November 1911, at Christ Church, Hougham, he married Miss
Rose Emma Simmons, the daughter of labourer Alfred
Charles Simmons. Miss Simmons, born in Nonington, had
been working as domestic servant in Dover for
watchmaker and jeweller Samuel Highley of 2 St John's
Road. The address given by the couple on their marriage
was 197 Clarendon Street; David's occupation was
The couple probably had two sons, David, born 1912, in
Dover, and Edward, born 1914, in the Farnham area.
Shortly after Edward's birth, on 13 August 1914, the
battalion went from Tidworth, where they were stationed,
to Southampton, sailing the following day for France.
Mrs Sumner later lived at 33 Hardwicke
Road, Maxton, Dover. She requested that her husband's
name should be on the Memorial, and at the unveiling a
wreath was laid from his wife and sons for CSM Sumner
Charles Swaby, 312044, was born at Dymchurch,
Kent, on 27 February 1888. He was the son of Mr Charles and
Mrs Ellen Swaby, who later lived at 6 Sydney Terrace,
Folkestone Road, Dover.
In 1891 the family were living at no 2 Cottage (Lydden
Spout), Hougham, Kent. Mr Swaby had come from
Nottinghamshire and Mrs Swaby from Southampton, which
was where their first daughter, Ellen, then 10, was
born. The next three children had been born at Dymchurch
- Charles, 9, Francis, 8, and Edward, 7. Maud, 6,
William, 3, and Bertie, 2, were born at Sandgate, while
Florence, 10 months, had been born at Hougham. By 1901
the family were at 6 Clarendon Road, Dover, and joined
by Ethel, then 9, Frederick, 6, Albert, 4, Laura, 2, and
John, 7 months. The last five children were born in
Dover. Charles was by then working as a Port Office Boy,
while Edward was a grocers' shop boy and Maud was a
general domestic servant. Mr Swaby was employed as a
Charles became a leading stoker in the Royal Navy, and died
on New Year's Day 1915, when at 2am HMS Formidable
was struck by enemy submarine torpedoes and sunk within
two hours off Lyme Regis.
He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial
in the United Kingdom, panel 11.
Percy B. Symes, G7004, was born at Hythe and
lived in Dover. He enlisted in London to become a
Private in The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), and began at
Shoreham-by-Sea. He was listed as wounded and missing on
23 April 1917, and later confirmed as dead. He is
commemorated on the Arras memorial in France.
He was the stepson of Pioneer J Litchfield, who was
also serving in France, and whose address in 1917 was 38
George Street. Prior to that his mother and sister were
living at 9 Erith Street. Percy had also a brother in
law and eleven cousins serving.
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