New Town House in Kingsbury Episcopi

Henry Stuckey


The forgotten soldier New Town House in Kingsbury Episcopi

Rank, service number and regiment

Private 202100 2nd/4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry

Enlisted

1915 or early 1916, Yeovil

Home address

Thorney Road, Newtown, K.E.. Relatives have suggested New Town House, built in 1908, as his home. New Town House is now called Meadow Croft.

Date of death

29 July 1918

Age of death

25 years

Circumstances of death

Harry embarked into the theatre of war in 1916. The 2nd/4th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry (SLI) proceeded to India where they had Garrison duties on the North West Frontier. Then they moved to Egypt, in actions against the armies of the Ottoman Empire: specifically to protect the Suez Canal, as this was a vital transit route for the allied powers.
In the first part of 1918 the head of German forces, Ludendorff, had unleashed the Spring Offensive to try to take back terrain gained by the allies. As a back up to this, the 2nd Battle of the Marne started in July 1918 in north-east France. The 2nd/4th Battalion SLI crossed the Mediterranean to Marseille, France, in July 1918 and proceeded through France to the Soissons area of the Marne.
Harry was killed in action during the Battle of the Marne. The Germans were pushed back and this was one of the successes which eventually led up to Armistice in November 1918.

Where buried

Oulchy-Le-Chateau Churchyard Extension, Aisne, France

Date of birth & full name

1893. HENRY STUCKEY. He was known as HARRY in the
parish.

Occupation

According to the 1911 census, when he was 17 years old, he was a general labourer.

Parents

Charles Stuckey and Ellen Stuckey (nee Talbot).
The 1911 census tells us Charles was a general labourer and Ellen was a glove machinist. C. Stuckey and family were living in New Town, probably New Town House, built 1908.

Spouse & children

Harry was unmarried

Awards

British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Other information

The earlier 1901 census shows father Charles as a willow worker. He and his family lived in Church Street, K.E. at this time. Willow was grown extensively on West Moor, and many families in the parish grew, cut and processed willow for the making of willow baskets, furniture, hurdles, etc.
Siblings:
Lilian b 1889
Harry b.1893, d. 1918
Mabel b 1895
Beatrice b 1898
Gladys b 1903

Harry Stuckey was the cousin of Walter Talbot of Glencoe in Broad Street, K.E. opposite the Lock-up. He was also killed in WW1, on 7th August 1917.
The photo, below, shows Oulchy-le-Chateau Churchyard Extension where Harry is buried.