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Stephenson, J.S., Pte., 1916
In St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen is the Commonwealth War Grave of 21/20 Private James Strong Stephenson, serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers who died 04/07/1916.

Angela Conroy has submitted these In Memoriam notices which all appeared in the Shields Daily News 4/7/1917:
'STEPHENSON.- In loving memory of Private J. S. Stephenson of 13 Dene Terrace, North Shields, who was killed in action July 4th, 1916. Somewhere in France our hero sleeps. To wake on earth no more; Somewhere in England his Mother weeps, For her dear son who's gone before. A British hero to the heart. His precious life he gave; He died upon the battlefield, The British Flag to save. Could we have raised his dying head. Or heard his last farewell, The grief would not have been so hard For those who loved him well. Sleep on, dear son, in a soldier's grave. A grave we may never see; But as long as life and memory lasts, We will always think of thee. Ever remembered by his loving father, mother, sister and brother

STEPHENSON.- In loving memory of my dear brother, Private J. S. Stephenson (Tony), who was killed in action July 4th 1916 Though buried in a distant grave, Amidst the shot and shell, For country's sake his life he gave, He stood his trials well, No matter how we think of him, His name we often call, There is nothing left to answer but his picture on the wall. Oft times we sit and think of him, When we are all alone, For memory is the only friend That grief can call his own. Deeply mourned by his sister Jane and brother-in-law Jack Young; also Ellen, Mary, and Joseph

STEPHENSON.- In loving memory of my dear brother, Pte J. S. Stephenson, killed in action July 4th 1916. We think we see his smiling face as he bade his last good-bye, And left his home forever. In a foreign land to die, But we have one consolation, He bravely did his best; Somewhere abroad our hero sleeps A hero laid to rest. But the hardest part is yet to come. When the warriors all return, And we miss among the cheering crowd, The face of our dear one. Ever remembered by his living sister Sue and brother-in-law Jack Belford, now serving in France, also little nieces Jessie and Ivy.

STEPHENSON.- In loving memory of our dear nephew, Pte J. S. Stephenson, who was killed in action July 4th 1916. Gone but not forgotten, by his uncle and aunt, J. Storey, cousin Willie and wife and family

STEPHENSON.- in loving memory of Pte. James Stephenson, who was killed in action July 4th 1916, aged 21 years. No one knows how much we miss him, Some may think the wound is healed. But they little know the sorrow Deep within our hearts concealed. Duty called and he was there To do his bit and do his share; His heart was good his spirit brave, His resting place a hero's grave Ever remembered by his sweetheart Prudence, Mr and Mrs Jennings and family'

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