William Thomas Stokes (c.1893-1916)

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William T. Stokes (c.1893-1916)

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

STOKES, WILLIAM THOMAS. Private. No 41054. 27th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Son of Mr Mark Stokes, Greenhill Bank, New Road, New Mill, Holmfirth. Employed as a millhand by Messrs Middlemost at Birkby, Huddersfield. Was a keen association football player. Enlisted at Easter 1916. Seriously wounded in the chest at the beginning of November, 1916. Admitted to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, where he died of wounds on 3.11.1916, aged 23 years. Buried BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row A, Grave 239.
His parents received a letter from the Rev. W W Gardener, Chaplain to the forces, who wrote, 'I am very sorry to be the bearer to you of exceedingly sad news that your son, No 31826 Private W. Stokes of the 3rd Battalion Durham Light Infantry, attached to the 27th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, died in the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station on the 3rd November of the wounds he received in action. The wounds being in the chest he was breathing with great difficulty and though everything was tried to relieve him he suffered a great deal of pain. On the night before he died when I saw him and had prayers with him I noticed that he was very weak and worn out. It will be a source of consolation to you to know how bravely the poor lad bore his wounds as also to remember how faithful he had been to all his duty on the field and finally laid down his life in his country's cause. I conducted the funeral service this morning when his remains were reverently laid to rest in the pretty miiltary cemetery here.'
ROH:- New Mill Working Men's Club; Fulstone War Memorial.

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