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Stevenson, A., L/Cpl., 1916

Chester Chronicle

On the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is the name of 2507 Lance Corporal Albert Stevenson serving with the 1st/8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry who died 05/11/1916.

William Kirby has submitted the following:-

Albert was born in 1887 at Ruddington, Nottingham, the son of Henry and Amelia Stevenson.

In 1901 the family were living at Middle Chare, Chester-le-Street. Henry, a Colliery Way Cleaner and Amelia had the following children - Joseph 19 a colliery Labourer, John H 15 a Colliery trapper, Albert 14 a Colliery Driver, Edith 13, all born at Ruddington Nottingham, Annie 8 born in Ilkeston Derbyshire and Arthur 5, Charles 3 both born in Chester-le-Street and George 2 born at Craghead.

Albert married in 1910 Ruth Wilby Willis. They had the following known children - William Willis born 1910, Amelia born 1912, Albert born 1913 and Leslie born 1915.

In 1911 Albert and Ruth were living in two rooms at 83 Albert Street Grange Villa Albert (23) was a Coal Miner Hewer, Ruth (17) and son William 5 months completed the family.

His parents Henry and Amelia in 1911 were living at 62 Albert Street Grange Villa. They had had seventeen children of whom six had died. At Grange Villa was Joe (29) a Mason's Labourer like his father, Harriet Ann (18), Arthur (15) a Pony Driver, Charles (13) at school, Eliza Marshall (9 born Chester-le-Street), Fred (7) Selina (6) and Alf (2) all been born at Craghead.

In 1914 Albert was living at 36 Beechgrove Terrace, Blackhouse, Edmondsley. He enlisted at Durham and joined the Durham Light Infantry. He embarked for France 20th April 1915. He died 5th November 1916.

Recipient of the 1915 Star the British War Medal and Victory Medal

His brother Josephdied in 1919 and is buried with a Commonwealth War Grave Headstone at West Pelton. Brothers John Henry, Charles and Arthur all served and survived.

Ruth Hardisty (formerly Stevenson), was living at 18, Salter Cottages, Frizington, Cumberland in the 1920s.

Albert Stevenson is remembered at West Pelton on W112.01

He is also remembered in The DLI Book of Remembrance page 306 and in the Battalion History 1793 -1926page 261

The CWGC entry for Lance Corporal Stevenson

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk