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Born: 7 June 1898, Otley
Died: 16 July 1918
Address: 65 Alexandra Road, Shipley
Parents: James and Annie isabella, nee Freeman
Siblings: Mildred, Richard
Occupation: Plumber
Rank: Signaller
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley; Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Chatham Naval Memorial
Regiment: Royal Navy
Wilfred John Stork
Signalman Stork’s story has been researched by Cathy Sedgwick for the website http:​//ww1austburialsuk.​weebly.​com She has kindly shared it with us and you can read it by clicking on the link below
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The parents of the late Signaller Wilfrid J Stork, RNVR, of 69 Alexandra Road, Shipley, who was lost at sea, have received several letters complimentary to their gallant son. Mr Angus Heaton of 3 Belmont Terrace, Shipley, writes stating that at a meeting of the workers of the Saltaire Wesleyan Band of Hope a touching tribute was paid to the deceased and a vote of sympathy was passed to his parents. “He was a grand lad,” wrote Mr Heaton, “and I had counted on great things from the promise he showed but the Master’s will is not ours and His is past our finding out.” Mr Willie Smith, general secretary of the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday
School, writes: “At our school service Mr Dutton made reference to the sad news you had received about Wilfrid and by a standing vote it was resolved that the secretary convey to you our heartfelt sympathy.” “He was a good and willing lad and well respected at the houses where he used to work,” writes Mr A Myers of 55 Bingley Road, Shipley. “I have not the slightest doubt that he would have been a good man at his trade and a credit to his parents.” Writing for the Saltaire Adult School and conveying their sympathy, Mr A Raistrick,
secretary, of 7 Park Terrace Shipley, says: “Your son was a noble lad. He rendered the school excellent service as organist and such services were very much appreciated.” Mr James A Daykin of 58 Aire Street, Windhill, a friend has also written and testified to the estimable qualities of the deceased. A letter has also come to hand from Rev W B Mattinson of Hull, until recently the pastor at the Saltaire Wesleyan Church. “To my mind,” he says, “Wilfrid was a manly character and his death is a
personal grief to me. “I had a deep and real affection for him. He had a great big soul filled with everything good. He was so strong and yet so gentle. “I felt I was in the presence of a real man, a happy, good man. He just looked he type of man we wanted to remain, the sort who would have done good and big things for God and his fellows.” The deceased was a fine physical specimen of young British manhood. Twenty years of age, he stood 6ft and weighed 13 stone. He was a plumber for Mr Myers of Shipley and joined the Royal Navy on 8th January 1917 when he was 18 years and seven months. Shipley Times & Express 18 October 1918