Stanton Servicemen

This page provides details of those who fought in the First World War.  This page is under construction - further names will be added soon.

Arthur Whitworth was employed, along with his fallen colleagues Charles Penistone and Harold Harvey, as a gardener at Stanton Hall. His father, Henry, was the Head Gardener. He was the eldest of five children.

Service History

Arthur Whitworth elected to join the Royal Navy, but because their complement for fighting ships was often full, became one of a number of naval recruits who were formed into fighting battalions to help out at the Front.

He died, either through wounds, illness, or a combination of both, in Birmingham after the war on 2 April 1919. He is buried in Stanton cemetery, where there is a family memorial to him.This is also his official war grave.

Jack Holmes was one of 4 brothers who enlisted, and the second eldest. The others were Sam, Daniel, and Cornelius (known as ‘Nid), all of whom survived. The Holmes family lived in the house now owned by Harry and Trisha Wright. He is also commemorated on the Youlgrave War Memorial, having married Jane Brassington in 1913 and moved to Youlgrave.

Service History

 His brother’s war diary states he was killed by a strafing aircraft, but he has no known grave. He died on 24 March 1918.

Bertie George Davie

Bertie George Davie was living in London, where he was a company director, when war broke out. He was married to Flora, and had 2 sons by 1911, the eldest of whom, Humphrey, was the father of Nicholas, the current owner of Stanton Hall.

Service History

 He was already involved as a volunteer in the Army (similar to the Territorials today) firstly with the Royal Sussex Regiment, then the Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps, before joining the Post Office Rifles, where he had reached the rank of Captain by 1911. He then rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel when he was wounded by shrapnel in France. He was returned to England for surgery, nursed in Sussex, but died on Christmas Eve 1917. He is buried in Stanton cemetery.

John Bernard Siddall

John Siddall was the second son in a family of 7 children.  His elder brother, Peter, also served and survived.

Service History

John Siddall joined up firstly with the Sherwood Foresters, then moving to a Shropshire regiment before joining the Machine Gun Corps.

He was killed, on 20 March 1917, by a shell at the Front, and is buried in France.

Leonard Prince

Leonard Prince was the son of Albert Prince and Elizabeth Dent. Not long after his birth his mother died. Albert Prince was a ‘quarry manager’, and Leonard a ‘tool sharpener at gritstone quarry’ in the 1911 census, where his age is given as 20 years old.

Service History

He enlisted as a volunteer early in the war, arriving in France in July 1915 (photo below), firstly with the Northants regiment, then the Notts and Derbyshire, then the Royal Engineers, and lastly the Royal Berkshires. His army movements follow a path of filling in where numbers had become low.

After the War

He married his sweetheart Elizabeth Alice Wright in 1919, not long after the war ended. He took over the Flying Childers pub about 1926, where he remained until his untimely death in 1955.

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