Rank, service number and regiment
Lance Corporal 7059 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry
1914 Taunton. Landed in Le Havre, France on 21 August 1914.
Little Thatch, Stembridge.
Date of death
1 July 1916
Age of death
Circumstances of death
Killed by machine-gun fire on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Somerset Light Infantry were on the front line at the Battle of the Somme. Sidney Reed of the 8th Battalion, was also killed on the first day of the battle. John Tilley of the 6th Battalion and Ernest Reed of the 7th Battalion were also killed at the Somme.
As Wesley’s body was never recovered, his name appears on Pier and Face 2A of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Date of birth & full name
1884. WESLEY STUCKEY
Walter Stuckey 1858 – 1928 and Susan Stuckey (nee Male) 1856 -1907. They lived at Little Thatch, Stembridge. Walter was a farmer. The house is still in existence, shown above right.
Spouse & children
Married Bessie Monkton of West Lane, West Lambrook in 1912.Daughter – Gladys E.C. Stuckey born 1913. She married
Frederick Scott in 1935.
1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Wesley joined the Somerset Militia in 1903 for a period of 6 years and his Attestation Form exists. He was 18 years 6 months old. He was a farm labourer, 5’ 3” tall, weighed 104lbs and had a chest measurement of 32” with an expansion to 34”, fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair.
Wesley had four brothers and four sisters:
Albert b. 1878, Archibald b. 1879, Fred b. 1883
Wesley b. 1884, d. 1916
Martha b. 1885, Sam b. 1887, Mary b. 1890
Elizabeth b. 1893, Florence b. 1898
The only photograph we have found of Wesley is the one shown below of the Methodist Men’s Bible Class. Wesley can be seen on the back row, second from the left. Albert, his older brother, back row 4th from the left. And Sam his younger brother, front row, 2nd from the left. This photograph was made available to us from Kingsbury Episcopi Methodist Church, for which we thank them. It has been invaluable, providing us with many other named faces of men from this era. The woman in the photo is Amy Willy, who was one of the teachers of the class.