Albert George Stagg

Date of birth: September 1893
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No. Originally 2833, later changed to 331116
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment / Division: 1/8th Batt. Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: Princes Beatrice Isle of Wight Rifles
Died: 28th May 1917 aged 23 years
Death location: Gaza, Palestine

Life before the War

Albert ( known as Bert in the family ) was one of the six surviving children of  James and Rosina, nee Wilmot.  James was born in Wilton, Wiltshire in 1859 and died in 1938 leaving a Probate:

“Stagg James of 70 Radcliffe Road Southampton died 27 December 1938.  Administration London 23 March 1939 to William James Stagg railway motorman.  Effects £352 18s 11d”

Rosina was born in 1863 Ashford, Kent, dying in 1933.  James and Rosina married on 24th December 1887 in Southampton.

The Stagg family lived at 70 Radcliffe Road, Northam, Southampton from at least the 1901 census to 1938, when James died.  Unfortunately there is no trace of the family on the 1891 census.

Albert was one of 7 siblings but one had died as entered onto the 1911 census.  His siblings were:

Lena Alberta was born on 11th October 1888.  In 1914 she married Reginald John Henry Payne.  Lena died in 1985 aged 97 in New Alresford, Hampshire.

Reginald was born 3rd October 1889 and died 26th November 1923 at the age of 34.

William James was born on 3rd August 1890, dying in 1974.  He served in the war as a Royal Engineer and was mentioned on the National Roll of the Great War:

“Stagg, W. J., Sapper, R.E.
He volunteered in August 1914 and was drafted overseas in the following year.  During his service on the Western front he took part in many important engagements, the principle being the Battles of the Somme, Ypres and Cambrai.  On his return home in April 1919, he was demobilized, and holds the 1914 – 1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals”

Gertrude Rose was born in 24th April 1896 marrying Alfred S Ellery on 1st January 1920.  Gertrude died in 1989 aged 93 in the New Forest District, Hampshire.

Hilda Florence was born on 30th October 1901.  In 1925 she married Ernest Edward Riddle.  Hilda died at the age of 95 in 1997.

Alfred Edward  was born on 8th October 1906.  He died in 1998 aged 91 on the Isle of Wight.

In 1901 James was employed as a Cement Burner changing to a Coal Carman by 1911.  Albert was also employed in 1911 as a Coal Porter.  By 1911 William was living as a boarder at 157 Malmesbury Park Road, Bournemouth.  He was employed by the Railway as an Engine Cleaner.

Military Service
All of Albert’s records were lost as part of the ‘burnt collection’ during the blitz of WW 11.  The Regimental records contain very little personal facts.

What is known is that Albert enlisted in August 1914 into the 2/8th (Isle of Wight Rifles ) Hampshire Regt. which was a reserve Battalion and he was given service number 2833.  It is thought that he did not  join full time with the Colours until some time later when he was issued with service number 331116 and transferred to 1/8th Battalion and sent to the Eastern Front although it is not know on what date this took place or which transport he went on.

The 1/8th served in Gallipoli and suffered heavy casualties, were withdrawn to Egypt to rest, reform and receive replacements.  They were involved in engagements there and then went to Palestine where they took part in the first and second battles for  Gaza.  Albert was injured in the latter part of April 1917 and transferred to base hospital in Cairo where he died of his wounds on the 28th May 1917.  He is buried in Cairo Military Cemetery in plot 253 F.

Albert was entitled to the General Service and Victory medals.

Army Records (these are the only details held on Albert’s Service History)
When Albert joined the Army he was 20 years old, he was living at home at 70 Radcliff Road, Northam, Southampton and was employed as a Store Man.  He gave his father James Stagg as next of kin at the same address.  His date of commencement was 8th December 1913.  He was discharged on 9th August 1914 after serving 243 days, his duties being in Southampton. This is when he changed his unit to fight in the Great War.

Albert is Remembered with Honour at the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Cairo War Memorial
“Stagg, Rfn. Albert George, 331116. 1st/8th Bn. Hampshire Regt.  Died of wounds 28th May, 1917.  Age 23.  Son of James and Rosina Stagg, of 70, Radcliffe Rd., Northam, Southampton”.

National Roll of the Great War
“Stagg, A. G., Rifleman, 1/8th Hampshire Regiment (I. of W. Rifles).
He volunteered in August 1914 and after a period of service in England was drafted to the Eastern Front in 1916.  He saw much active service in Egypt and later went on to Palestine, where he was killed in action at Gaza on May 28th, 1917.  He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.  70, Radcliffe Road, Southampton”

Researcher: Ted Shaw (Albert Stagg was the Uncle of Ted’s wife)
and Rebecca Lonergan
Published: 14th November 2013
Updated: 19th November 2013

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