Henry H Stevens

Date of Birth.                 1865.
Place of Birth                 Southampton.
Date of Marriage.        1893
Place of Marriage.      Southampton
Service No.                    15668.
Rank                                 Private
Regiment                        Royal Defence Corps.
Battalion.
Died                                  21 December 1917
Death Location.           At Home.

Life Before The War.

Henry was born in 1865 in St Marys Southampton, his mother was named as Georgina (b1833)  who worked as a needlewoman, he had 1 sister Elisabeth (b1853)  who in 1871 was an unemployed domestic servant, they were living at 5 Bates Court St Marys Southampton.

In 1891 he was working as a builders labourer and was a boarder at 4 Trinity Terrace. St.Marys Southampton.

In 1893 he married Constance (Brown) in Southampton and they had 3 sons Henry (1895) Ernest (1899) and Edward (1906), he also had 3 daughters Dorothy(1897), Elsie (1900) and Gladys (1904). In 1911 Constance was living in 3 rooms at 35 Chandos Street Southampon with Elsie, Gladys and Edward.

Henry died at home on 21 December 1917 at 142 Dukes Road. St.Denys Southampton.

Military Service.

Henry joined the Royal Defence Corps and served as a Private, he was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.

The Royal Defence Corps was formed in August 1917 from the Home Service Garrison Battalions.

It was a service mainly set up for  older soldiers who were beyond the age set for active service, or those who were not fit for duty overseas, sometimes as the result of wounds received on active service. It was similar to the Home Guard of the Second World War. Its job was to guard railways, tunnels, roads and ports, thus relieving other troops for front line service.

 

Researched by Brenda White. 12/13.

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