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Private 2414 Thomas Stephenson 'B' Company 1st/5th Battalion S


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Any information please on;

Private 2414 Thomas Stephenson 'B' Company 1st/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters Killed in action near Ypres on Friday 23rd July 1915 aged 19. Thomas has no known grave and is commemorated on The Menin Gate Ypres Belgium. He was from Belper Derbyshire.

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Listed under Stevenson on Soldiers Died in the Great War:

Name: Thomas Stevenson

Residence: Belper, Derbyshire

Death Date: 23 Jul 1915

Death Place: France and Flanders

Enlistment Place: Derby

Rank: Private

Regiment: Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment

Battalion: 1st 5 Battalion

Regimental Number: 2414

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

What information in particular are you after? He is recorded in both the 1901 and 1911 censuses on Ancestry.


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We are compiling a history of the men on the Belper war memorial. We lower the Union Flag on the 100th anniversary of each mans death and also post up a write up of each one.

Sorry meant to add that any information other than that we have already would be appreciated.

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Not sure if you've looked at the war diaries but they are here at the National Archives, downloadable for £3.30 or free to view at Kew - or you may be lucky and get an excerpt from a SF expert.. It's very unlikely that Thomas will be mentioned by name but they are excellent for context and day-to-day details.


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Trenches in and around Sanctuary Wood


Map of trenches here



John Gregory is the expert on the 1/5th Battalion - might be worth a PM he may have a photo

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He enlisted into the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment and in the Belper News dated the 30th July 1915 on page three it shows he then lived at 4, Devonshire Terrace, Belper. He enlisted on the 4th September 1914 and went to France with the 5th Battalion in February 1915. He was formerly employed at the Allwood's Foundry where he was a Moulders Apprentice. He was killed in action whilst serving in the trenches near Sanctuary Wood, Belgium.

A poor picture taken from a local newspaper. BRONNO.


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