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Trying to get S.W. Lapthorne Remembered (Glocs & S Staffs Regt)

Rob George

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Hello everyone  - a bit of a mystery for you to ponder . . .


As relatives of the following, who served throughout WW1 – we are trying to discover why he has no mention on the CWGC site and where he may have been buried?


·         Stanley William Lapthorne1st Garrison Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment - (Rgtl. No. – 47225).  I think this was formed 1917, Lichfield and went to India.

·         Died 57 General Hospital, Marseilles – 17 Apr 1919.  (CoD – Influenza and Septicaemia).

·         Originally, in Gloucestershire Regiment (Rgtl. No. – 9788).

·         Received 1914 – 18 Star (so must be an early enlistment), British and Victory Medals.


No Service Record – found.

We do have the record of ‘Soldier’s Effects’, his Medal Award Rolls and death certificate.


Stanley’s earlier information:

Born 10 Aug 1892, Bristol. 

1901 Census – ‘pauper child’ in Bath Workhouse. 

1911 Census – lived at Bathampton, Somerset with mother 'Under Gardener'.



Do you think you could lend any guidance as to where we could go to ensure this soldier is remembered?


Rob George

1919 - Stanley William Lapthorne, Soldier's Effects.jpg

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Mistake on 1911 Census info.
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On first glance it does seem he should have been eligible for the CWGC as he died in service, within the cut-off dates.


The war gratuity would indicate that he either enlisted pre-war or just after the outbreak, but before 18 August 14. Looking at Paul Nixon's site the enlistment, by looking at other man, is dated to between August 12 and March 13 - http://armyservicenumbers.blogspot.com/2009/03/gloucestershire-regiment-1st-and-2nd.html



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Good morning Rob, and good work.

His Medal index card here shows he went to France on 13/8/1914, and consequently qualified for the 1914 Star.

It seems as though he transferred at some point to the South Staffordshire Regiment, No. 47225.

It might be worthwhile passing your information to Terry Denham at the In From The Cold Project:


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