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The Fallen of Harlow in WW1: William Stanham

History / Sun 7th Jul 2019 at 04:51pm

THE short life of William Stanham as read out by Frances Mason.

This project has been brought to you by the Harlow Council Civic Fund and HTS Ltd.

Never Forget.

William’s parents were William Stanham, born in Swaffham, Norfolk in 18651 and Betsy Ann Parker, born in Maltby, Lincolnshire in 18702. They married in Louth, Lincolnshire in 18943 and William Henry Stanham was born in Stansted in 18954.

The 1901 census shows William residing in Mark Hall Wood, Harlow with his parents and siblings Elsie, Alice and George. William Snr. was working as a gamekeeper. The family also had a domestic servant, Maud Swannell aged 12. The 1911 census shows William residing in Mark Hall Wood, Harlow with his parents and siblings which now included Edith, Albert, Bessie, John and Florence. William followed his father and became a gamekeeper.

Lance Corporal William Henry Stanham, 11234, enlisted in Reading, serving with The 1st/5th Battalions of The Royal Berkshire Regiment. William died on 11 September 1918 at the age of 23 whilst a Prisoner of War (POW) and is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany. Plot 8, row F, grave 7. Register Index Number Ger.1.

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