Born: 1851, Cerne Abbas, Dorset.
Baptised: 30th January 1851, Cerne Abbas, Dorset. Parents: Ann & William Stroud – Inn Keeper.
Died: 4th July 1915; age: 65; Nephritis.
Residence: 22, Alpe Street, Ipswich.
Enlisted in the regular Army – 1869.
Discharged to Pension – 8th June 1901 – age 50 years old – to 41, Pownall Crescent, Colchester, Essex. Rank: Farrier Quarter Master Sergeant, service number: 3156; regiment: 1st Dragoon Guards – served with the Remount Department South Africa. Character and Conduct – Exemplary. Served 32 years.
Rank: Quartermaster Sergeant; Service Number: 90285.
Royal Field Artillery, H.Q. 84th Brigade.
Medals Awarded: Long Service & Good Conduct Medal in 1887. Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Tugela Heights, Laing’s Nok, Relief of Ladysmith, and The Queen’s South Africa Medal.
William was also mentioned in a despatch written in South Africa by Sir R. Buller, ” Farrier-Major Stroud – has worked throughout with great energy and success and has performed his duties in an admirable manner.”
Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of M.A. Stroud, of 22, Alpe Street, Ipswich.
1861 Tucking Mills, Cerne Abbas, Dorset.
William was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Stroud, 48, a Miller – employing 1 man & 1 boy, born Cerne Abbas, Dorset.
Ann Stroud, 32, born Cerne Abbas.
Charles Harry Stroud, 7, born Cerne Abbas.
Robert Stroud, 4, born Cerne Abbas.
Mary Charlotte Stroud, 2, born Cerne Abbas – died 1866, Cerne Abbas.
1881 Calvary Barracks, St. Giles, Colchester, Essex.
William was 30 years old, a Soldier. He was married with a family.
In 1901 4 of William & Mary’s children were living at the family home – 41, Pownall Crescent, Colchester, Essex.
Kathleen, 19, the Head of the Household.
Philip, 14, a Clerk.
1911 Fox Hotel, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
William was 59 years old, a Hotel Proprietor/Army Pensioner – employer – at home. He was married and Head of the Household.
Mary, 49, assisting in business.
Kathleen, 29, assisting in business.
Harry, 27, assisting in business.
Philip, 25, assisting in business.
Mary, 23, assisting in business.
Thomas, 19, assisting in business.
1 general domestic servant.
William’s father, William Stroud died July 1866, Cerne Abbas, Dorset.
On the 27th September 1876, at Mhow, Bengal, India, William married Mary Ann Mew, born 1860, Ireland.
They had 7 children:
Florence May Stroud, born July 1877, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India.
William James Stroud, born April 1879, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Kathleen Stroud, 1882, born Colchester, Essex.
Harry Robert Stroud, born 1884, Aldershot, Hampshire.
Philip Leonard Stroud, 1886, Manchester, Lancashire.
Mary Evelyn Stroud, born January 1888, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.
Thomas Farr Stroud, born 1892, Shorncliffe, Kent.
Mary also lost her son, Philip Leonard Stroud during the First World War. He died of gun shot wounds to the abdomen and groin, at the 1st Canadian General Hospital, on the 20th April 1917, aged 32. Philip was a Private, service number 26861, of the 15th battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. He was laid to rest at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Soldiers’ Effects to Mary A. Stroud – widow.
Extra information and help courtesy of Mr. R.J. Howard – William’s knowledge and experience of horses, must have been extensive and valued by the military. He had spent fourteen years in India, and was transferred during 1886 for a term to the Veterinary College in Bombay. William Stroud had the opportunity to retire after 21 years, but chose to reengage and was to remain with the Army – perhaps to the disadvantage of his own family. There was no need for William to volunteer again during 1914, his duty done – a lifetime of service. There was no obligation but his own, to be involved and useful once more.