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Henry Stuart (1891-1917)

Low Spennymoor man served with 18th DLI commemorated at Arras

Henry Stuart (or sometimes Stewart) was born in Hartlepool on 31 December 1891. He was baptised at Saint Paul’s Hartlepool on 21 January 1892. He was the son of John and Frances (Fanny) Stuart and the family appear on the 1901 at 21 Albert Street, Hartlepool. He is listed on the census along with his sisters, Jane and Margeret, and two lodgers. By 1911 the family had moved to 66 Half Moon Lane, Low Spennymoor, his sisters seem to have moved out and the family have another lodger living with them.

Henry attested on 4 May 1915 at Spennymoor. He declared that he was 23 years and five months old and that he worked as a plasterer. He named his father as his next of kin. He was passed as fit to serve on the same day. He embarked for France on 8 April 1916 with the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. On 22 April he was attached to the 3rd Entrenching Battalion until 7 May. Three months before his death Henry was promoted to the rank of lance corporal (unpaid). He was killed in action on 5 May 1917.

Civil Parish: Low Spennymoor

Birth date: 31-Dec-1891

Death date: 03-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: 21 Albert Street, West Hartlepool (1901 census)
66 Half Moon Lane, Low Spennymoor (1911 census and attestation)

Employment: Plasterer (attestation)

Family: Father:John Stuart, 66 Half Moon Lane, Spennymoor
Mother: Frances Stuart, as above
Sisters: Jenny Blythe, age 30, 39 Moor Place, West Hartlepool. Margaret Spark, age 24, 67 Half Moon Lane, Spennymoor
Nieces/Nephews: Harvey Blythe 3, Joyce Blythe 7, Frances Spark 3, Jennet Spark 2month (Army Service Record)

Military service:

Service number: 18/1496
04/05/1915 Passed fit and joined 18th DLI as private
08/04/1916 Embarked France
22/04/1916 Attached to No3 Entrenching Battalion in field
07/05/1916 Joined unit in field
01/02/1917 Appointed lance corporal (unpaid)
03/05/1917 killed in action

Medal(s): British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, France
Cenotaph, Cheapside, Spennymoor
Book of Remembrance, Spennymoor

Gender: Male

Contributed by Harold P, Durham

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