Stephen Alfred John Kiddle

Date of birth: 23rd March 1902
Place of birth: Shirley, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel:  HMS Impregnable
Rank / Service No: Boy 2nd Class, J/87410
Died: 7th June 1918, aged 16 years
Buried: Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton (L.8.28)


Stephen was the younger of 2 siblings born to John Charles and Alice Lydia Kiddle (nee Sutton), who married in Shirley in 1897.


John was born in Shirley in 1872 and he died in Alverstoke at only 34 years old, in 1906.


Alice was born in Salisbury on 16 November 1873; she and her 2 children were living with her parents at 67 Shirley Park Road at the 1911 Census.


Alice passed away in Southport in 1940.


Ethel Clarissa Emily   b. 1899 Shirley   d. 1982 Canterbury   Married Wilfred J. Lawson in Southampton in 1919.


HMS Impregnable was a training establishment in Devonport for boys. It consisted of 2 vessels, HMS Howe and Inconstant.


The boys were exercised at fire stations and abandoning ship.


Stephen died from meningitis in Plymouth Hospital.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th October 2016


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