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Name:
Russell Stoddart
Casualty No.:
Initials:
R
Service No.:
31880
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Barnard Castle
Age at Death:
Ranks:
Corporal
Unit:
1/9th Battalion DLI
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
22 Coronation Street
Civilian Employment:
Postman
Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
28-January-1918
Place of Death:
Battles & Campaigns:
UK Commemorated:
Overseas Commemorated:
Buried:
Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, Hebuterne Pas de Calais, France.
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
Promoted to Corporal 07.12.16. Left for France 28.11.17. KIA 28.03.18.
Death Notice/Obituary:

After his death, Russell's commanding officer wrote to his widow saying:

'Corporal Stoddart was one of my best non-commissioned officers and was respected by all. He had run forward from the front line with a party of six men in chase of the retreating enemy, and was just about to return to our line with a prisoner when he fell, shot through the head. His last words to me were "Leave me Sir, I'm done. "'

Teesdale Mercury-17/04/1918: News item: Another Brave Local Lad Shot Dead

Teesdale Mercury-26/03/1919: In memoriam

Teesdale Mercury-02/04/1919: In memoriam

Teesdale Mercury-28/07/1915: News item: Letter reporting death

Date of death changed from 29/9/18 to 28/03/18 to agree with CWGC data

 

Family Details:

Son of William and Emma Stembridge of 23 Baliol Street.  Russell's father was a gas stoker at local gas works.

He married Evelyn May Wren on 24th July 1914, they lived at Guys Cottages and had two daughters (Ivy, 1914, and Doreen, 1917). 

Notes:

Russell became a postman after his  father's death. He had once been in the employment of Mr F Metcalfe, seedsman, as a marker gardener. 

Teesdale Mercury-13/08/1919: News item: 96 medals presented

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