HAROLD GEORGE STEVENSON

image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.

 

Born: 1891, Ipswich.

Died: 2nd July 1916; age 25; Died of Wounds on the way to hospital. Served 22 months in France.

Residence: 21, Suffolk Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: April 1912.

Went out to France at the end of August 1914 in the Special Territorial Reserve.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 20432

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 11th Field Ambulance.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

IV. B. 8.

Doullens Communal Cemetery,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Henry Edward and Susan Stevenson, of 21, Suffolk Road, Ipswich.

 

Brother to BERTRAM CHARLES STEVENSON.

 

CENSUS   known as George.

 

1901   21, Suffolk Road, Ipswich.

 

George was 10 years old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.

Henry Edward James Stevenson, 40, a Boot Maker; born Ipswich, Suffolk.

Susan Stevenson (nee Cann), 40, born Old Newton, Suffolk.

Frank Cecil H. Stevenson, 18, a Fitter – Iron Foundry, born Ipswich.

Ernest Edward Stevenson, 16, a Printer, born Ipswich.

Bertram Charles Stevenson, 9, born Ipswich.

Stanley Henry Stevenson, 6, born Ipswich.

Sidney Walter Stevenson, 3, born Ipswich.

William James Trott, 3, born Ipswich.

 

1911   21, Suffolk Road, Ipswich.

 

George was 19 years old, and unemployed, formerly at a leather merchant. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Henry, 50, a Boot Maker & Repairer – own account.

Susan, 49.

Ernest, 25, a Printer – Newspaper.

Bertram, 17, a Clerk – Engineers.

Stanley, 15, a Tailor.

Sidney, 13.

Christie Gerald Stevenson, 9, born Ipswich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Susan Stevenson – mother.

 

George is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.

FOUR SOLDIER SONS OF AN IPSWICH FAMILY

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stevenson, of 21, Suffolk Road, Ipswich, have four sons serving their King and country, all of whom are in the Army, and have volunteered for active service aboard. Prvt. Harold George is 24 years of age; he joined the 1st East Anglian Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. (Territorials) in 1912, and signed on for the Special Reserve before the war; he went to the Continent in August, 1914; he is attached to the 11th Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. Prvt. Bertram Charles Stevenson is 23 years of age; he joined the 6th Suffolk (Cyclist) Battalion in 1912; and has been engaged on coast defence work in Suffolk. Prvt. Henry Stanley is 20 years of age; he also joined (in 1912) the 1st East Anglian Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. (Territorials), now the 88th Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. After being stationed in different parts of England, he went with the company to the Dardanelles, landing in Gallipoli in April, when the first landing was made; he has had several narrow escapes since being out there. Gunner Sydney Walter is 18 years of age; he joined the 2/3rd East Anglian Howitzer Brigade, R.F.A., (Territorials), in May 1915, and is at present stationed at Brandon.

 

harold-george-stephenson-funeral

AN IPSWICH SOLDIER’S GRAVE IN FRANCE.

Prvt. Harold George Stevenson, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stevenson, of 21, Suffolk Road, Ipswich, died of wounds received in France on July 2nd, 1916. He joined the R.A.M.C. (T.) in April 1912, and being in the Special Territorial Reserve at the outbreak of the war, went out to France at the end of August 1914. He was at the Front for 22 months, and did not receive a scratch until he was wounded as already stated, and died on his way to the hospital. When out in France he was attached to the 4th Division, and was so highly popular with all the N.C.O.’s and men of the R.A.M.C. that they collected a large sum of money to have a memorial tablet erected to him at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich. This tablet has now been unveiled, the inscription reading:- In loving memory of Harold George Stevenson, third son of Henry and Susanna Stevenson, of this parish, who died of wounds received in action in France, 2nd July, 1916, aged 25 years. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. From the N.C.O.’s and his comrades of the 11th Field Ambulance, 4th Division.
Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson have five other sons now serving, all of whom are in the army. Their names and regiments are:- Prvt. Frank Stevenson, Liverpool Scottish; Prvt. Ernest Edward Stevenson, Suffolk Regiment (wounded in France, August, 1916); Prvt. Bertram Charles Stevenson, Suffolk Regiment (also wounded in France, August, 1916); Prvt. Henry Stanley Stevenson (invalided home November 1915, from the Dardanelles); and Bombardier Sydney Walter Stevenson, Royal Field Artillery.
The picture shows Prvt. Stevenson’s grave in Doullens Military Cemetery. Insert is a portrait of deceased.

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Harold has a memorial plaque at St. Margaret’s Church – west wall.

Royal Army Medical Corps, 11th Field Ambulance

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.

 

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