“Wilfred was born in 1896 and baptised at Emmanuel Church in Loughborough on 19th March 1902. He was the son of John and Matilda Stokes of Nanpantan. He was one of three brothers who fought in WW1.
He lived on Forest Road in Loughborough and on the 1911 census he was fourteen years old living with his parents, his occupation listed as an errand boy. His father John was a groom and gardener, he had two brothers who also fought in WW1, William and Walter, who survived.
He was a Private in the Leicestershire Regiment and then a Private in the 21st Battalion (2nd Tyneside Scottish) Northumberland Fusiliers. He was posted to France on 29th July 1915 and died of his wounds on 24th August 1917 aged 24 at the 102 Military Field Ambulance in France.
The 21st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers war diary on that date states, Battalion at Hargicourt (Somme) Hargicourt is a village North West of Saint-Quentin in the Department of Aisne, France. On 24th August there was incoming shelling at 1.00am and 4.00am
Postcard of pre war Hargicourt.
He is buried in grave III.C.10 in Roisel Communal Cemetary Extension, Somme, France. He left all his property to his father J Stokes of Nanpantan near Loughborough. He was awarded the 15 Star, British and Victory Medals which are kept in the Carillion Museum in Loughborough. Wilfred appears on the Roll of Honour at St Mary’s in Charnwood, Nanpantan and The Loughborough Carillion Roll of Honour”
Thuis story was submitted by Sharon Gray, Loughborough Library Local Studies and researched by Phil Thorne