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Private H A Stapleton


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Private Harold Alfred STAPLETON, G/15563, 10th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment  killed in action, Flanders France, 21st September 1917, age 27.

23rd September 1889, born Battersea, London, SW, son of Frederick and Lucy Stapleton, 85, Meyrick Road, Battersea, London.

26th July 1891, St Peter, Battersea, baptism of Harold Alfred Stapleton, son of Frederick, (carpenter),  and Lucy Julia Stapleton, 77, Meyrick Road

26th July 1891, St Peter, Battersea, baptism of Alice Evelin Stapleton, daughter of Frederick, (carpenter), and Lucy Julia Stapleton, 77, Meyrick Road, born 26th June 1891.

25th December 1910, St Michaels Church, Battersea, Harold Alfred Stapleton, age 22, bachelor, carpenter, 68 Merton Road, Southfields, Wandsworth, father Frederick Alfred Stapleton, carpenter, married Maude Cord, age 21, spinster, 29B Chatham Road, father, Thomas Cord, coalman.

Children - *Harold Alfred Stapleton, born 20th October 1911;  * died 6th July 1917 age 5, Hospital, of 19 Atheldine Road, Earlsfield, son of Harold Alfred Stapleton, Private 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, cause mastoiditis, informant M Stapleton, mother, in attendance at death.


1911 Census - 32  Thorndean Street, Wandsworth, SW - Harold Alfred Stapleton, head, age 22, married, carpenter, worker, born Battersea; Maude Stapleton, wife, age 21, married under 1 year, born Battersea.


Children - Leonard James Stapleton, born 18th March 1914, baptised 3rd May 1914, St Peter, Battersea, son of Harold Alfred, (builders timekeeper), & Maude Stapleton, 81 Lavender Road.

Enlisted Wandsworth, SW, age 27 years & 11 months, height 5ft 7 inches, weight 149lbs, mole right breast, tattoo left forearm.  Resided 19 Atheldene Road, Earlsfield, SW. Formerly timekeeper (builder).

Home 11th December 1915 to 4th Septemberr 1916; BEF 5th September 1916 to 13th March 1917; Home 14th March 1917 to 6th September 1917; BEF 7th September 1917 to 21st September 1917.

11th December 1915, enlisted; 12th December 1915, to Army Reserve; Mobilized; 19th August 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 3rd September 1916, Fort Darland, absent whilst under orders for a draft from 8.30am until 9.00pm 3rd September 1916, deprived of Lance Stripe by Commanding Officer, forfeits one days pay; 5th September 1916, posted BEF; 5th September 1916, Infantry Base Depot; 2nd October 1916, 39 Casualty Clearing Station, gun shot wound  foot, accidentally self inflicted; 31st October 1916, 29 Ambulance Train; 5th November 1916, 32 Casualty Clearing Station, gun shot wound  foot, accidentally self inflicted; 20th November 1916, Tried by Field General Court Martial, for conduct to the prejudice of good order & military discipline, finding guilty, 7 days Field Punishment No.1.; 9th January 1917, rejoined Battalion; 13th March 1917, transferred to England, ex 14 General Hospital, Wimereux, per Hospital Ship "Western Australia" nephritis; 14th March 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th March 1917 to 28th April 1917, 1st Southern General Hospital, Stourbridge Section,  nephritis; 7th May 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 9th May 1917 to 15th May 1917, Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham, Kent; 6th August 1917, Fort Horsted, overstaying his pass from 9.30pm till 9.45pm 8th August 1917, deprived of 1 days pay, forfeits 2 days pay; 6th September 1917, posted BEF.

19th October 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Maude Stapleton, 49, Steerforth Street, Earlsfield; Children - Leonard James Stapleton, 18th March 1914, 49, Steerforth Street, Earlsfield; Father, Frederick Stapleton, 85, Meyrick Road, Battersea; Mother, Lucy Stapleton, 85, Meyrick Road, Battersea; Brothers - Frederick, age 41, 43 Summerly Street, Earlsfield; Tom?, age 35, 26 Tranche? Court Road, Tooting; George, age 25, 32 Bennerly Road, Wandsworth Common; Sisters - Mrs Eveline Lane, age 29, Labor Exchange, Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush; Mrs Florence Treacher, age 27, 85, Meyrick Road, Battersea; Mrs Dolly Gray, age 22, 85, Meyrick Road, Battersea.

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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