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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

George Edward Stockham

George Edward StockhamBolton Journal and Guardian 11 June 1915

AMBULANCE HERO DEAD

News has reached Bolton that Private Geo. Edward Stockham, of the Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Res., who was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for work in the Dardanelles, has died of his wounds. Much sympathy has been extended to Mrs. Stockham, who resides at 31 Mercia-st., with her six children, the youngest of whom was born two days after Stockham left Bolton with the first contingent of St. John Ambulance men sent out by Corps-Supt. F. Lomax on August 5th. Stockham, who is a native of Bristol, has been associated with ambulance work for 14 years, taking his first-aid certificate in 1901, and when he came to Trinity-st. Station some years ago as foreman cleaner in the carriage and wagon department he joined the L. and Y. ambulance centre, continuing under the instruction of Dr. J. Johnston, of Lostock. He afterwards joined the Bolton Corps of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, and under its auspices went to Chatham last August. After service at various places in England and at the siege of Antwerp he went out to the Dardanelles in February, and was seriously wounded on May 17th. What was the nature of his conduct on that occasion is not known, but it secured him the D.S.M. and the honour of being the second ambulance man to be decorated during the war, the other being Sergt. E. Walch, also of Bolton. His wounds were of a particularly serious nature, and both his feet had to be amputated. When this sad fact was told to Mrs. Stockham she recalled his last conversation with her when he said he would rather be killed than return to be a burden upon her, and she had remarked that death was what he would have chosen in the circumstances.

George was the son of William Henry Stockham b.1851, a haulier, and Alice Matilda Stockham née Sainsbury b.1849.

George married Mary Kitt at St James's Church, Higher Broughton, Salford in 1896.

In 1901 they were living at 40 Harrietta Street, Broughton with their daughters Gladys b1897 and Mildred b.1900.

By 1911 they were living at 21 Meadow Street, Wigan with additional children Thirza b.1902, George Edward b.1905 and Alice b.1907. He was then working as a railway cleaner.

Their youngest daughter, Mona, was born in Bolton in 1914.

Citation to award of Distinguished Service Medal in London Gazette 2 July 1915:

"During the night of May 9th-10th, in operations South of Achi Baba, worked splendidly under fire to recover wounded until himself severely wounded."

His name is on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway War Memorial on Victoria Station, Manchester.

 

Name Stockham, George Edward
Rank Junior Reserve Attendant
Number M/9781
Unit Plymouth Bn
Royal Naval Division,
Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve
Born Bristol, Gloucestershire
28 Jun 1874
Enlisted 9 August 1914
Died Alexandria, Egypt
31 May 1915
Age 40
Grave or Memorial Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC DETAILS
RN Sick Berth Attendant