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Born: 1892, Crossflats
Died: 1 July 1916, Somme
Address: 33 Alexandra Road, Shipley
Parents: Robert Henry & Hannah
Siblings: Walter, Harry (twin), Jack, Hilda, Doris, Hannah, Robert
Occupation: Warp twister (1911)
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley; Thiepval Memorial
Regiment: West Yorkshire
David Stockdale
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David and his twin brother Harry were two of nine living children born in Crossflatts to Robert Henry and Hannah. In 1911 the family were living in Bingley and David was a warp twister. But by the time he became one of the thousands of men killed on the first day of the Somme, the family had moved to 33 Alexandra Road, Shipley and it appears that his father had also died. David’s war story is told briefly in the columns of the Shipley Times & Express including an In Memoriam notice inserted by the family (right) and articles about the service of him and his three brothers, summed up by this piece on 8 November 1918: Mrs Stockdale of 33 Alexandra Road, Shipley, has had all her four sons with the colours and in the last few days she has been informed that the surviving twin son, Pioneer Harry Stockdale, is in hospital at Cairo with malarial fever. The other twin, David, who was with the Bradford Pals, fell in action in July 1916. Another son, Jack, who enlisted at the outbreak of the war, is now with the colours in Wales while Walter, her eldest son, has received his discharge.
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