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John Ashley Yates Stinton

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Private. ARKIELES (Archie) STINTON.

 BWM and Victory medal.

Service number 241829 2nd/5th Bn York & Lancs Reg. Part of 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division attached to 187th Brigade. Probably wounded during the battle of Bullecourt 3rd-17th May 1917. Aged 21. Died with number 49 casualty clearing station. During the second battle of Bullecourt on the 3rd May 1917 The Australians were attacking the left flank while the York and Lancs were attacking the village on the right flank, the Germans were resolute in defence with vicious enfilading fire, the 2/5th made progress through some cut wire on the far side of the village but gains were later lost. The 2/5th moved back from the village, the division took heavy casualties, one of which was probably Arkieles. The 62nd division was relieved on the night of the 3rd May. Bullecourt was finally taken on the 17th May. Arkieles died of wounds on the 4th May. Son of Thomas (a stone contractor and miner) and Mary Stinton, of Rotherham. Arkieles was born in 1896 in Rotherham. Before the war he was a rape hand miner. His family moved to Bethel road Rotherham, South Yorkshire around the time of his birth. His brother Tom, born in 1890, served in the Royal Engineers as a sapper and was wounded in 1915, Tom was a Miners tramer before the war he survived. Arkieles is buried in Achiet-le-grand cemetery. Enlisted in Rotherham. Achiet-Le-Grand.From  April 1917 to March 1918, the village was occupied by the 45th and 49th Casualty Clearing Stations. Achiet station was an allied railhead.


Achiet-le-Grand cemetery.  Archie's headstone and Medal card.

Lance Corporal. ALEXANDER (Alec) STINTON.

 BWM and Victory medal.

Service number C/7337 18th Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps formed in Essex June 1915 attached to 122 brigade 41st division. Born 1896.I believe Alec joined first in Sept 1914 with the 19th Hussars, but was medically discharged in Jan 1915, due to the poor state of his teeth, with only one upper tooth and only a few in the lower jaw. He was 5ft 8ins tall and weighed 10 stone. Alec joined the colours again where his dental problems must not have been the issue they once were!  Alec probably died in The great German spring offensive 1918. His death was presumed to be around the end of March.

On the morning of 25th March, the 1918 KRRC Chronicle has the 18th Battalion occupying two lines of trenches, which they had dug overnight, in front of Biefvilliers-les-Bapaume to protect the road towards Achiet-le-Grand. The Germans were then in Bapaume. These trenches were untenable however as the enemy worked up the valley on their left flank between Biefvillers and Favreuil, so during the day what was left of the battalion gradually fell back to the line of the Albert-Achiet-le-Grand railway. At 9 p.m. on 25th March the remains of 41st Division were withdrawn on relief by 62nd Division.18/KRRC then went in search of the rest of their brigade - 122nd Brigade - with no luck, so spent the night in Essarts. At midday on 26th March they finally located their Brigade and some other 18/KRRC stragglers from C Coy. They were formed into one Company numbering only 60 men and were withdrawn to Bienvillers on the night of 26th/27th March. On 28th March they moved back up to Support behind Gommecourt.

This section of the battalion's War Records conclude with typical Rifles understatement: Thus ended an eventful month. Our fine Battalion of nearly 900 other ranks had been reduced to about 80. We had fought against heavy odds and suffered much, but the Germans did not break through. Alec died of wounds 28th Mar 1918. Born in Balsham, enlisted Huddersfield. Arras memorial, and Balsham war memorial His parents were George (Groom on a Stud farm) and Jane Stinton. His brother Stanley also served and died of wounds in 1918.(These parents must of been in the depths of despair losing two sons on consecutives days 27th and 28th March 1918). (Thank you to Mark Brockway for help in the research of the KRRC).


Arras memorial.   Picture kindly taken by Margaret Dufay.   Medal card


 BWM and Victory medal.

Service number 8687, 6th Bn,Loyal north Lancashire Reg 38th Brigade 13th (western) division.  Born Acton Middx. (Grocers assistant in 1901) Aged 29. Died 9th Aug 1915. (this date presumed) Helles memorial. Mentioned in despatches 28.1.16. (London Gazette).

On the 6th Aug 15, landings were made at SUVLA BAY on the Gallipoli peninsula. Just north of the ANZACS. This turned out to be an unopposed landing, but instead of pushing on, tommy decided to have a swim and missed the opportunity to take the high ground. This was a major blunder which would later cost dear. The climax of the campaign came in early Aug when assaults were made on 3 fronts. The 6th LNLR were involved on the day Charles died in the battle around Chunuk bair and a position at the pinnacle, during the day of the 9th Aug they were in reserve at the Apex, and moving forward at 8pm. In the early hours of the 10th the Turks attacked in numbers overwhelming the position, there must have been hand to hand fighting, there is a lot of confusion to what exactly happened on this day some reports say there were a lot of fatalities due to the confusion of the battle and friendly fire, and other reports say men were surrendering in numbers running towards the enemy, which hampered the rear defenders, who opened fire with machine gun into the melee of confusion. This was obviously a desperate action of confusion, and fear which we cannot comprehend in this day and age, whatever happened on this day they were all heroes to a man. General Hamilton’s wrote in his dispatch. “Generals fought in the ranks and men dropped their scientific weapons and caught one another by the throat.  So desperate a fight cannot be described.  The Turks came on again and again, fighting magnificently, calling upon the name of God. Our men stood to it and maintained, by many a deed of daring, the old traditions of their race. There was no flinching. They died in the ranks where they stood.” Commanding Officer of the 6th battalion, Lieutenant Colonel H.G. Levinge also died in this action. The peninsula was finally evacuated in Dec/Jan. Charles family lived in Southall Middx. Son of Charles Stinton (coal merchants Carman)(deceased) and Mrs. Merry, of 143, Beaconsfield Rd., Southall; Husband of Florence Ellen Stinton (Springle), they married 25th Dec 1913 of 34, Abbotts Rd., Southall, Middx. They had one child Leonard born 30th Jan 1915.


 Helles memorial Turkey   Helles memorial panel 152 - 154.                                           .


Private. FRANK CHARLES STINTON.  (Frank and John Ashley were cousins) 

 1914-1915 Star, BWM and Victory Medal.

Service number GS/13458, 24th Bn Royal Fusiliers (city of London regiment). 5th brigade 2nd division part of the third army.  Frank was probably wounded and later died with the 49th casualty clearing station. He was a casualty during the Cambrai battle of Nov/Dec 1917. But the sportsmen's battalions (fit men over enlistment age) were active around Bourlon wood well into December, gas and snipers were giving the 23rd/24th battalions many casualties, abandoned tanks being ideal cover for snipers. Frank entered service with the 25th service battalion Royal fusuliers (Frontiersmen) Original member of the 25th Battalion, embarked Plymouth (Devonport) aboard HMT Neuralia 10th April 1915 and disembarked Mombasa (Kilindini) 4th May 1915. Serving in the african campaign for over 2 years. Frank arrived back in the UK on the 20th May 1917 suffering from fever. The 25th returned in June 1917, Frank was transferred to the 24th Battalion after recovery.  Died of wounds 23rd Dec 1917,while being treated by the 49th casualty clearing station.

A letter to his wife Ellen received from a Chaplain at the front said. "I was with him until the ambulance came to take him to hospital, and I never came across a braver man. He was simply splendid, positively heroic, and though he was far worse than most of the cases, he spent the hours cheering up other people, with very little thought of himself".

Buried Rocquigny-equancourt rd Manancourt. born St Pauls Worcester. father William, mother Emily, Frank was married in 1906. In 1911 he lived in Foundry Street Worc's with his wife Ellen and two daughters Flourence and Elsie. he worked as a labourer in a tin factory(Williamson and sons tin works). Remembered on the St Pauls memorial Worc's and in the guildhall Worcs.  He enlisted in Worcester.


Rocquigny-equancourt rd, Manancourt.  St Pauls, Worcs.   Frank's Stone. (Photo by Olivier DIRSON) Medal card



 Mons Star, BWM and Victory medal.

Service number 4733 3rd (Kings Own) Hussars. 2nd Cavalry division, later cavalry corps. Born Devonport.  Aged 22. Died on or since 30th October 1914. (presumed dead) Remembered on the Menin gate memorial  at Ypre.

A member of the BEF entered with the BEF 15th Aug 1914 an "old contemptible"(named after the Kaiser's sarcastic dismissal of them as a 'contemptible little army') Herbert died while the forming of the salient during the 1st battle of ypres. Battles in late Oct 1914 included Messines and Gheluvelt. When a small and heavily outnumbered British expeditionary force succeeded in securing the town before the onset of winter pushing the German forces back to the Passchendale ridge.  All this after attack and counter attack and a stalwart defence of Ypre some of the action actually watched by the Kaiser himself. Which probably forced German commanders into attacks that lost them many men, attacking into enfilading fire of the BEF. The battles ebbed an flowed throughout October, with some heroic defence by the allies. In the early stages of the war it was critical that the allies stopped the Germans at Ypre. The German plan was to capture the Northern ports and sweep down towards Paris, the capture of the ports would stop allied reinforcements from crossing the channel and to all intense and purpose this would have been the end of the war on the western front. Herberts parents lived in Cathays, Cardiff. His father Thomas served in the Welsh regiment service number 2189.


Menin Gate panel 5  Menin Gate memorial Ypre.  Medal card.



 Military Medal, 1914-1915 Star, BWM and Victory medal

Awarded the military medal for bravery in the field. Service number 12341 9th Batallion. Devonshire Reg. The battalion was originally attached as Divisional Troops to the 20th (Light) Division, but was transferred to the 20th. Brigade, 7th Division, when it landed in France on 28th July 1915. Aged 24. Born 50,King Street, Hammersmith, Middx, London. 21st Sep 1893. Christened 5th Nov 1893 at St Michael all Angels church Chiswick.  Died 10th October 1917. War diary for that day states " At Polygone wood, in the vicinity of Butte, heavy shelling during the day causing many casualties". 48 were killed in action and a total of 270 casualties between 5th and 10th October.

Both the British and the Germans fought in appalling conditions as the rain and shell fire turned 'Passchendaele' (also known as the third battle of Ypres) into a battlefield of mud and water. Slowly the British pushed the Germans back. Small advances on the 'Pilkem Ridge' were made with huge casualties being taken by the Devon's. Passchendaele was finally captured in November 1917...  I Died In Hell- (They Called  it Passchendaele - Siegfried Sassoon ). Son of Laura Kate Stinton, of 13, The Grove, Hammersmith, London, and the late Harry Kennedy Stinton. Before the war James worked as a Butcher's assistant lived in Holly road Chiswick in 1911. James and Kennedy (gallery below) were brothers. Remembered with honour on the Tynecot memorial.


Tynecot memorial.   Panel 38 - 40.  Medal card. 


 BWM and Victory medal.

Service number 652409,5461. 1st/21st Bn., London Regiment.(FSR).  4th son of Harry Kennedy Stinton tabacconist, educated Maidenhead Grammar School he was also a Tobacconist. Aged 30. Joined the First Surrey Rifles 29th May 1916. Died 7th June 1917. Remembered Ypres Menin gate memorial.  Born 7th Nov 1887 Hammersmith. Christened 4th Dec 1887. Died in the offensive for Messines ridge, which was a success, the third battle of Ypres. The Messines ridge was riddled with trenches and fortifications, in the early hours of 7th June explosions went off (these were heard in southern England) over 19 mines were detonated, the effect was devastating around 10,000 Germans were killed, many buried alive, and over 7,500 were taken prisoner by 3pm the whole ridge had been taken. Kennedy Lived in Rye lane, Peckham with his wife Minnie, in the 1901 census he was an assistant Pawnbroker, they had a son Stanley who died in 1916. Kennedy married Minnie Goodings 14th March 1915 in Islington. His parents were Harry and Laura Stinton of Hammersmith, London.


Panel 54 Menin gate memorial.   Family tombstone in Chiswick Old Cemetery  Hounslow.  Medal card.                       


 Mons Star, BWM and Victory medal.

Service number S/6354, 12th Bn., Rifle Brigade 20th (light ) division. 60th Brigade. Volunteering in Nov 1914, entering France in late Dec1914, His brigade was inspected by the king before transfer to France. Leopold took part in several engagements during his short service,wounded in action later dying of his wounds September 23rd 1915. Body transferred to 2nd London casualty clearing station. Probably a casualty of the battle Fromelles forerunner to the battle of Loos. Merville communal cemetery a billeting and hospital centre from 1915-1918. The 6th and Lahore and 2nd London Casualty Clearing Stations were there from the autumn of 1914 to the autumn of 1915; Born in Ealing. Christened 24th June 1894 Ealing St Mary. Before the war Leopold was an Electrician. Son of Charles and Louise Dora Stinton, of 82, Western Rd, Ealing, London.


Headstone.  Merville cemetery. Medal card.

Private Stanley STINTON.

 Mons Star, BWM and Victory medal.

Service number 6090. 19th (Queen Alexandria own royal Hussars.) 1st cavalry division. Born 1891. Stanley was an old contemptible service with the BEF, entering France 17.8.14. Probably died during the German offensive of spring 1918, this offensive if successful could well have been the lead up to a German war victory. The idea being to force the allies into defeat before the Americans arrived. Stanley was a career soldier in 1911 census he was in the 1St Cavalry Brigade, 19Th Hussars ,based at Wellington Lines, Aldershot. Son of George and Jane Stinton, Fox end, Linton, Cambs. He died of wounds 27th March 1918. St. Sever Rouen cemetery, and Balsham war memorial. Born and resident in Balsham Bury St Edmund His brother Alex (details above) also died in the great war. His effects went to his brother George.


St. Sever Rouen.Picture kindly taken by Paul LeTREVIER.   Medal card 

Private. Stanley Harold STINTON

 BWM and Victory medal

Service number 79874. 9th Bn., Royal Fusiliers. Formerly Tr/Lon/136590, 53Rd Y.S. Battn. Probably wounded and later died in the battle for Epehy the battle was won on 18th Sept 1918. The 12th division (Eastern) 36 brigade. 3 days before the death of Stanley were in reserve resting around the Manacourt region, Ordered to attack the village of Epehy on the 18th Sep 1918, The Germans held firm at a farm called Malassise and Fishers Keep causing heavy allied casualties, but a break through was eventually achieved, after further attacks and sustained fighting Epehy village was retaken.  Aged 18.  Died 21st Sept 1918. Epehy wood farm cemetery. Born 5th Feb 1900 Islington. Christened March 13th 1900 Old St Pancras London. Son of Mr. Albert John (music engraver) and Annie Stinton, of Hyde Villa, Commonside East, Mitcham, Surrey. His mother Annie had the words "Beloved son of Annie Stinton gone from us but not forgotten" on his headstone.


Epehy wood farm cemetery.  Medal card.

Private Walter James STINTON

Service number 74185, 4th Bn Worcestershire Regiment part of 88th brigade 29th division. Latter battles for this division were in the late summer in the advance in Flanders.  Walter died 18 months after the end of the war perhaps he was wounded in the Flanders push. Son of Mr George Edward Stinton, mother Mary Ann of 18, Summer St., Stourbridge.  Aged 18. Died on 13th Jan 1920 in Hospital Aldershot, Hartley Hampshire. Buried Stourbridge Cemetery. "Still to our memory ever dear" on his headstone.


Stourbridge cemetery. Headstone.

Private William STINTON

 1914-1915 Star, BWM and Victory medal.

Service number 9387 12th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers. William with the 21st division Landed in Boulogne 10th Sept 1915,travelled by rail to Eperlecques. Billeted and training for 10 days. On the 20th Sept they were instantly marched to the British battle at Loos sent into action on the 26th Sept after 4 days of marches billeting in Lieres and Allouagne over the next 4 days. Went into action for the first time as part of the 62nd Brigade 21st Division...their casualties that day were 22 officers and 459 481 out of a Divisional figure for this day of 1496. On the evening of the 26th they were withdrawn to Noyelles and Sailly Labourse, where a grim roll call was taken. Many were missing exhausted and scattered around the Hill 70 area which was still in German hands. "The big push" with some initial success was broken, the Germans reinforcing their positions and consolidating.This was a devastating introduction to warfare for the New Army units, who's bravery did not come into question. A lot of hand to hand fighting with bayonets on this day the day before William died, Gas was also used which he could well of died from. Born in 1892 in North Ormesby Yorks, his family originated from Dudley Worcs, moving to Kings road, North Ormesby, Yorkshire. His father George was a bricklayer. William worked as a Bookstall clerk. Two of Williams brothers also served, George Ernest b.1891 a gas man by trade ironically was badly gassed but survived, and Edward Ernest b.1889 a Joiner by trade who lost a leg. The family were living in Redcar Yorkshire when William died. William known as Billy by his family. He also has a memorial on his parents gravestone in North Ormesby. His mother Phoebe also died in Jan 1915. His father George died in Apr 1935...William's brother John Thomas age 40 died in ww2 while on Home guard duty 13th Jan 1942 at Redcar Iron and Steel works Warrenby. William Died of wounds 27th Sept 1915 while with the 4th London field ambulance. Buried Noeux-les-mines cemetery.


William in civilian clothing, and his death plaque.  Noeux Les Mines IF3. Williams grave pics taken by Philippe JOACHIM.                          

Lance Corporal. William Fredrick STINTON.

 1914-1915 Star, BWM and Victory medal 

Service number 14065 3rd Bn., Royal Fusiliers 85th Brigade 28th division. Presumed died on or since 24th May 1915. Born 1892. Entered France 19th Jan 1915. Remembered on the Ypres menin gate memorial. Early spring saw the start of the second battle of ypres poison gas was used for the first time extensively in Apr/May 1915. The battalion on the 21st May moved into trenches running from the railway line to Bellewaarde Lake. The Germans attacked on the 24th the battalion suffered heavy casualties 552 in total, William was one of those killed in action on that day, the surviving Royal Fusiliers with the assistance of the 2nd Buffs succeeded in consolidating the third line to the end of the day, until finally being relieved by the 2nd Royal Scots on the 25th.(HG O'Neil in his history of the Royal Fusiliers). William was in Born Edmonton. Son of James Stinton (Farm labourer) and Jessie. Wife Harriet (later remarried to a Richards) daughters Jessie and Harriet.

This was a bad day for the 3rd battalion, 3 brothers from London the Racheil brothers were also killed on the 24th. William was in Born


Menin Gate memorial. Medal card. Panel 6 - 8


Private. William Noah STINTON

 BWM and Victory medal.

Service number 66906, 12th/13th Bn.,Northumberland Fusiliers 21st division, 62nd Brigade, William probably died in Germany during the battles of the Hindenburg line.(Speculation he may have died while being a prisoner of war or of illness his medal card suggests he did not enter any theatre of war) The Hindenburg line which the Germans called the “Siegfried” was their main “impregnable” last line of defence, and the line that separated the allies from the German homeland behind this concrete fortress, they organized and reinforced daily, they had accumulated piles of ammunition, strengthened defences and accumulated massive amounts of materials, nearly stripping Germany of it’s war machine, and amassing it in France and Belgium to protect the “siegfried” line. On Sept 26th the allied attacks started along the Hindenburg line American and French in Champagne, British forces attacking in Saint Quentin and Cambrai zones. Fighting for 8 days the allies eventually broke through at all attacking points. The moral of the German forces collapsed, Ludendorff asked his Government to arrange an armistice. But the allies were pressing on with the attacks along the whole front from Escaut to the Meuse. On the Belgium front the French and British were extending the battle as far as the sea. By early November whole trains were being captured in the Meuse Valley It was a real victory the beginning of the end for Germany, over 400,000 Prisoners and over 6,000 guns captured.

William aged 19. Died 10th October 1918. From Stourbridge Worcs. Son of John (occupation painter) and Eliza Ann Stinton, of 28, Audnam, Wordsley, Stourbridge, Worcs. Grand-Seraucourt British cemetery. Picture of Williams grave kindly taken by Alan Curragh.


Grand-Seraucourt British cemetery.  Medal card. Headstone.           

I have entered the following galleries to a Private James and Potter because they appear in the registers as a Stinton, but this was their middle names. I am therefore presuming rightly or wrongly that somewhere in their family trees there was a Stinton relative they were named after. Either way both deserved to be remembered.

Private George Stinton JAMES  Service number 26118 13th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers died aged 20 on 2nd July 1916 while with the number 38 casualty clearing station. Born in Dover, Kent in 1896. On the day George died the 13th Brigade part of the 62nd Div were fighting on the Somme, the 13th were in Brandy trench and south sausage trench. The 62nd were tasked with bringing up supplies and ammunition on the 1st and 2nd July. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth.A.James of 68 Upper east St. Southsea, Portsmouth. Buried at Heilly Station cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe.

Private Albert Stinton POTTER Service number 102331 Labour Corps KIA Flanders 18/6/17. Formerly with the Devonshire regiment 55576. Buried Underhill Farm Cemetery, Hainaut Belgium. ('Underhill Farm' and 'Red Lodge' were the names given to two buildings on the north-western edge of Ploegsteert Wood. They were occupied by dressing stations and the cemetery which they used, is close to the farm.) 

Private Wilfred Stinton (maybe Shinton) HUDSON Service number 67503 Devonshire Regt., 5th (P.O.W.) Territorials Battalion. Born Lendridge Worcs. Enlisted Swansea. Killed in action 12th Sept 1918.


                 Memorial plaque (death penny) and memorial scroll given to the next of kin.