Siblings: Ethel, Herbert, Thomas, Albert, Mary Elizabeth
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
William Stantonwas born in 1885 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, the youngest of six children of Thomas and Mary, nee O’Connors.By 1891 Thomas was widowed Mary having died in 1888 aged 32 years. William’s eldest sister Ethel married Augustus Burton and came to live at 90 Gladstone Street, Bradford and in 1901 William with his other sister Mary had come to live with them. At this time William was working as a cloth warehouseman.
On the 3rd January 1906 at St Oswald Church, William married Henrietta Small who was 20 years of age, born in Thornbury and living at 46a Thornton Lane, the daughter of William Small a police constable. William was 21 years of age, a warehouseman living in Liversedge. In 1911 William and Henrietta were living at 13 Highfield Place, Intake Road and William was still working as a warehouseman.
At the time of his enlistment he was employed by Mr Stephen Davy of Vincent Street and living at 26 Wharncliffe Drive, Eccleshill.William enlisted on the 30th of December 1916 as Gunner 133575 in the 264th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Little is known about his service but he died from wounds on the 7th of May 1918 most likely received during the Battles of Lys 7th to the 29th of April. He was 34 years old.
William is buried in the Lapugnoy Military Cemetery which was used by the 18th and 23rd clearing stations at Lapugnoy and Lozinghem.He left his effects to his sister Ethel Burton who received £6.18.6d in 1918 and a War Gratuity of £5.10.0d on the 4th December 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks