Mark Warren Stephens.

Date of Birth                  September 1891.
Place of Birth                Southampton
Date of Marriage          October 1912
Place of Marriage        Southampton
Service Number
Rank                                  Donkeyman
Regiment/Division     Mercantile Marine
Battalion/Ship              S.S.Wisbech
Died                                   14th August 1917
Death Location             Trevos Head. Cornwall.

Life Before The War.

Mark was born in Lowford Bursledon in September 1891, his father was William Stephens and his mother was Kate Stephens.

In 1901 when at 10 years old he was recorded on the census as living with his grandparents:- Sarah and Stephen Whitlock at 135 Foxgrove Road. Sholing. Southampton. Stephen Whitlock was born in 1842 and worked as a foundryman, Sarah was born in 1843.

In 1911 he was living at 2 Hitter Cottage? Green Lane.Old Netley. Southampton. He was living with his aunt Edith Webb (1878) and his uncle Albert Webb(1874), Albert worked as a shipyard labourer. Edith and Albert had 5 sons and 1 daughter, and apart from Mark living with them, his grandmother Sarah also lived with them at this time she was 76 and a widow.

Not sure where you got the information from but some of this is incorrect. . Also Martha Corinda (please note correct spelling) did not live till she was 108, she died 6th December 1962. I know this because I am Lydia’s granddaughter and use to have long talks with my nan about her family and did some family research. Please can you correct this information.

Stephen married Martha Corinda Abrahams (1892 – 6th December 1962) in October 1912 they lived at 15 Anglesea Terrace. Chapel.Southampton. They had three children, Kate, (eldest daughter) Lydia (1916-2007) and Mark (1917-1939). Mark  went on to serve on the Royal Oak during the second world war and was killed in action on 14th October 1939.

Stephen was working as a Shipyard Labourer.

Service History
His service during the first world war was with the Mercantile Marine serving as a Donkeyman (an engineer, greaser or donkey greaser in the engine room). It was while he was serving on the S.S.Wisbech, a steamer of 1282tons, that he was killed.  On 14th August 1917, with a journey from Cardiff to St.Mayo and a cargo of patent fuel and steel tires  the Wisbech  was sunk by a German Submarine – UC-51 (Hans Galster) 12 miles off Trevose Head North Cornwall, 2 people were lost one of which was Stephen.

Memorial Information
As well as being remembered on the Southampton memorial, he is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial. London.

 

We would like to thank  Sarah Frith Lydia’s Grand daughter for verifying the story and giving us accurate information within the story.

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4 responses to “Mark Warren Stephens.

  1. sara Frith

    Not sure where you got the information from but some of this is incorrect. Mark and Martha had three children, Kate, (eldest daughter) Lydia (1916-2007) and Mark (1917-1939). Also Martha Corinda (please note correct spelling) did not live till she was 108, she died 6th December 1962. I know this because I am Lydia’s granddaughter and use to have long talks with my nan about her family and did some family research. Please can you correct this information.

    • Hi there,
      Thank you for your email and for the information you gave to us. We do apologise for any upset caused by the inaccuracies. I have amended the story, do you think you could read it and let me know if it is now correct.
      We appreciate your input and hope to hear from you.
      Kind regards
      Brenda White for Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group.

  2. Jennifer Punt

    Hi, just to confirm the information received, however Martha had 9 children, one deceased. My mother, Florence Frances Davis was her youngest child. Martha remarried twice after her first marriage.

  3. Jennifer Punt

    Martha,s son Mark Stephens was drowned on the torpedoing of HMS Royal Oak. My mum ,Florence France’s Falconer carried a photo of her brother until her death in 1998.

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