The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private S M Stodart


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Private Sydney Maxwell STODART, G/23143, 6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  died of wounds, (gun shot wound abdomen), 41 Casualty Clearing Station, France, 6th May 1917.

9th February 1895?, born Tottenham, Middlesex, son of Edward William & Amelia Maria Stodart, 52 Beckenham Road, Penge, SE.


1911 Census - Meadowland, Shotover Hill, Headington Quarry, Oxford - Herbert Stodart, head, age 28, single, engraver, fine art, own account, at home, born Barnsbury, London; Edward Stodart, father, age 73, married, engraver, fine art, own account, at home, born Camden Town, London; Amelia Stodart, wife, age 53, married 32 years, 10 children, 4 still alive, born Kent; Maxwell Stodart, brother, age 16, single, engravers pupil, fine art, worker, at home, born Tottenham, London.


Enlisted  Maidstone, Kent, age 20 years & 10 months. Resided 52 Beckenham Road, Penge, SE. Formerly artist.

10th December 1915, enlisted; 11th December 1915, to Army Reserve.

9th February 1916, Exemption Claim from being Called up for Military Service - "With the exception of an Army Allowance of 11/- a week I am the sole support of my widowed mother, who would on account of her health be unable to earn her own living - on 1st September 1915, she borrowed £50=0=0 on here house to help me in business on the condition that I would repay it, and if I have to go she will lose everything. I have two brothers - one is in the Army and the other has recently attested as he is unable to make a living at the present time - my business is such that I cannot leave anyone in charge of it, and if this were possible I could not afford to do so."

29th February 1916, Penge Town Hall, Annerley,  Sydney Maxwell Stodart, 52 Beckenham Road, Penge, SE, engraver & printer, exempted for fourteen days from being called up for Military Service, on the grounds of business obligations.

30th March 1916,  Notice of Appeal - "Being an engraver I have to rely on the delicate touch of my hand to carry on my work. My mother is an invalid and has lately been through severe financial strain. I am her sole support and she is relying upon me to support her, she having no means. I have two brothers in the Army already and my mother and myself have to leave our present house. My mother is at present confined to her bed and I have to work at any profession to keep things going."

5th May 1916, 10.45am  Sessions House, Maidstone, Penge Local Tribunal, grant exemption temporary for two months on the grounds of domestic.

8th July 1916, Application as to Exemption.

22nd July 1916, Medical History, examined Maidstone, Kent, age 21 years & 154 days, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 126lbs, small moles back of shoulders & lower part of back, good physical development

28th July 1916, 10.00am, Sessions House, Maidstone, hearing on Application for Review of Certificate of Exemption; 28th July 1916, Application dismissed.

28th August 1916, Notice of Appeal to Central Tribunal, against the decision of West Kent Appeal Tribunal, appeal not allowed.

14th October 1916, mobilized; 17th October 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

28th December 1916, St John the Baptist, Croydon, Surrey, Sydney Maxwell Stodart, age 22, bachelor, artist, 28 Rochester Avenue, Rochester, father Edward Stodart, artist, married *Annie Davies, age 19, spinster, 17 Epsom Road, father Henry Arthur Davies, builder. *born 27th December 1898.

1st January 1917, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd January 1917, embarked; 2nd January 1917, disembarked; 22nd January 1917,  joined Battalion, "B" Company; 3rd May 1917, wounded in action.

Children - Peggy Maxine Stodart, born 11th March 1917,

18th November 1917, date when Separation Allowance of 16/- a week & Allotment of Pay of 3/6 a week will cease.

19th November 1917, pension of 18/9 a week awarded to widow & one child.

6th July 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Annie Stodart, 4, Fynes Street, Vincent Square, Westminster; Children, Peggy Maxine Stodart, 11th March 1917, Convent School, Park Avenue, Willesden Green; Father, dead; Mother, Maria Amelia Stodart, 10 Linacre Road, Willesden Green; Brothers - Edward Jackson Stodart, age 40, 10 Linacre Road, Willesden Green; Herbert Stodart, age 36, 17 Gakington Avenue, Wembley Park; Sisters - A?H?Stodart, age 38, address unknown.

Buried at Duisans British Cemetery, IV. K. 59., Etrun, France.


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