Thomas Edward Stevenson.

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Thomas was born at Old Fletton, Peterborough and enlisted in the HCB - appearing on their records at some date before the 21/1/1916 at Huntingdon HQ, St. Mary's Street, Depot. At the time of enlistment he was living at 66 Queens Road, Old Fletton.  He was transferred into the 2/1st HCB [Reserve Battalion] and was posted to C Company.  At this time he states he is the only son E. Stevenson - Queens Rd. Old Fletton, Peterborough.

 

He was posted to the base depot B. E. F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916.

 

He was killed in France by a sniper shot to the head, whilst working on ambulance duties as a stretcher bearer.

 

He had previously been on leave 3 weeks before being killed. T E Stevenson - He was one of fifty three men that formed part of a draft that was sent from Huntingdon to the 2/1st Hunts. Cyclists in Lincolnshire on Saturday before the 21/1/1916.

10/10/1917    Killed Whilst Carrying A Comrade  -  Private Edward Stevenson, Cyclist's, attached Warwicks, was killed by  a sniper whilst on ambulance work as a stretcher bearer. He was the only son. of Mr. and Mrs. E. Stevenson, Queens Road, Old Fletton, and was only home on leave three weeks ago. The news has not been officially received, but Corporal Bert Brown, who was also wounded the same day, October 25th, while being carried to the rear, saw him lying dead, and in a letter to his mother Mrs. Brown he says: "Sorry I have bad news to tell you, but Ted Stevenson has been killed. He lay beside a pillbox where I stopped after I got hit, and one of his mates, a stretcher bearer told me he was sniped through the head, and death was instantaneous". His officer, 2nd Lt B. B. Timmis writes: "Dear Mrs. Stevenson, please accept my deepest sympathy in the death of your son, he was killed by a German sniper whilst bringing in a wounded comrade. He had done excellent work in the company, and his loss will be much regretted by all ranks. He was always so willing to help anyone who was in need, and he was intensely admired for his magnificent courage and utter disregard for danger. We shall have great difficulty in replacing him, the N. C. O.' s and men desire me to express their deepest sympathy with you in this terrible loss, and trust it may be of some consolation in this dark hour to know that your son was so much admired by all ranks".

 

He lived at 66, Queens Road, Old Fletton, 30289, Private, Huntingdonshire Cyclists Battalion, attached 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 26/10/17 at Polder Hock Chateau, shot by sniper whilst Carrying a wounded comrade.

 

A relation Marion Lofts advises that she has a Soldier's New Testament which has been passed down to her through her late father's side of the family.   Marion also states that Pte Thomas Edward Stevenson's father was looked after by her grandmother in the later year's of his life.


In this Bible Pte T E Stevenson has written "Given to me by a little French boy on October 18th 1916" He was killed soon after.

 

He is remembered at the Tyne Cot CWGC Cemetery on the Ypres Salient - panels 23/28.

 

If you can help with any data on this Huntingdonshire Cyclist please contact me at huntscycles@btinternet.com  

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09/04/2012

Tyne Cot Memorial. Martyn Smith