war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes


Attestation Of
No. 1087 – (crossed out 7012) - Stubbs W. C. – 7th Dragoon Guards.
William Charles Stubbs.
Tower Hamlets, Dover.
Age 19 years – 4 months.
Occ. Baker.
Religion – Wesleyan.
Enlisted May 1906, Dover.
Joined at Canterbury 7/5/06.
7 D. G. Attested and posted Pte - ??/ 5/06.
R. Reposted Pte – 18/9/07.
Granted 1st G. C. Badge – 2/5/08.
Appointed L/Corp 13/1/10.
Promoted Cpl. 12/10/11.
Appointed L/Sgt 1/1/13.
Army Reserve B. Transferred L/Sgt. 1/5/13.
Posted Sgt. 21/8/14.
Killed in action – 20/10/14.
Certificate of education 2nd class 8/10/08.
Next of kin
Wife – 119, Albany Road, Gillingham, Kent.
Brother, elder, Alexander William Stubbs, (Crossed out, 2, ----field Road, Gillingham, Kent.)
Sister, elder, Ethel Stubbs, 2, Shakespeare Place, Castle Street, Dover.
Particulars as to marriage.
Gwendoline Mary Hargraves, Spinster, Register Office, Andover. 30/11/12.
Alexander Charles, 2317/13. Maidstone.
Widow of soldier.
Mrs Spearing, 36, Lower Mall, Hammersmith, W.6. (The rest of the page is crossed through “no trace” added)
W. Stubbs,
63, Grecian Street,
Sir, I No. 1087, L/Sgt. W. Stubbs (late 4th Dragoon Guards, now reserve), respectfully begs permission of my Commanding Officer to be allowed to re-engage with the colours.
Hoping you will oblige with an early reply and particulars as to refunding of money.
I remain
Your Obedient Servant.
W. Stubbs.
(Date stamped 15(?) August 1913.
No. 1087 – Sgt. Stubbs W. 4th Dragoon Guards.
This NCO embarked with the regiment 15/8/14, as a Sergeant, was therefore promoted to the rank prior to embarkation.
63, Grecian Street,
The officer i/c Records Canterbury.
In reply to your letter of the 18th inst. My reason for wishing to rejoin the colours is;-
That I am not able to get any employment, except at my old trade, which is a Baker, although I am being well paid, I prefer the life as a soldier.
My reason for leaving was that, at the time my wife was in bad health and my service almost expired. I was anxious about her, otherwise I should never have thought about leaving.
I am your obedient servant.
W. Stubbs.
Date Stamped 21 August 1913. 

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