James Stoneage

Place of Birth.                       East Cowes. Isle of Wight.Poppy
Date of Birth                         September 1895.
Date of Marriage
Service Number                  9392
Rank                                        Private / Lance Corporal
Regiment                               Hampshire
Battalion                                1st
Died                                         1st July 1916
Death location                      The Somme.

James Stoneage was born in East Cowes Isle of Wight on 9th August 1895.

His father was William Stoneage born in Portsea Island Hampshire in June 1857. He had 3 sisters Mary (1852) Martha (1853) and Emma (1861) all were born in Portsea.   He  worked as a Master Mariner in the yacht service, he died in March 1934 in Southampton. His mother Frances Eliza (Jolliffe) was born in 1860 in Cowes Isle of Wight, they were married in 1878 on the Isle of Wight, she died in June 1897 on the Isle of Wight.
In 1881 his mother and father lived at The Marsh. Whippingham Isle of Wight, Frances Elizas’ mother Emma and her 2 brothers William and Jeremiah and 1 sister Ellen lived with them.

James had 1 brother Arthur born and died in August 1882 and 1 sister Beatrice Ellen born in August 1887, both were born on the Isle of Wight.The family lived at 21 Alfred Street.East Cowes. Isle of Wight when James was born.
James grandfather Charles Stoneage (1824) was born in Durley he was a Licensed Victualler, his grandmother was  born in Hamble Hampshire,  they had 1 servant.
James worked as a servant in a licensed victuallers at 86 – 88 Above Bar in  Southampton.

Photo of original marked grave.

Photo of original marked grave.


Military Service

He joined the Hampshire Regiment as a Private in 27 December 1914 and worked his way to becoming
a Lance Corporal serving in the major battles during his time  in France. The first Battle of the Somme –
The Battle of Albert began on 1st July 1916 until 13th July 1916.The first mine  detonated on 1st July 1916
used over 40,000lbs of ammonal. The crater at the Hawthorn Redoubt can still be seen today, although it
is difficult to see as it is lined with trees and the undergrowth is thick. British troops attacked the German lines
which were to the right of the picture on the 1st July 1916 – sadly James Stoneage was killed on that day.

He is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetary. Colincamps  grave reference I.D.80.







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