Stephen Charles Clasby

Date of birth: 1883
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS Laertes
Rank / Service No: Fireman
Died: 1st August 1917, aged 34 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


Stephen was the fifth of 10 siblings born to Stephen Charles and Jane Clasby (nee Steele), who married in Stockbridge in 1873.

Stephen was born in Southampton in 1850 and he died in the city in 1922.

Jane was born in King’s Somborne in 1848 and she passed away in Southampton in 1934.



Frederick Charles   b. 1875 Southampton   d. 1949 Bournemouth   Married Eliza Caroline Phillips in Southampton in 1900.

William Edward b. 1877 Southampton   d. 1951 Winchester   Married Mary Smith in New Forest in 1898.

Mary Kate   b. 1878 Southampton   d. 1956 Southampton   Married George Edwin Parsons in Southampton in 1908.

Sarah Harriett   b. 1881 Southampton   d. 1960 Droxford   Married Thomas James Fraser in Southampton in 1905.

Stephen Charles   

George Wilfred  b. 1885 Southampton   d. 26 February 1918  * see separate story *

Carrie Elizabeth   b. 1886 Southampton   d. 1886 Southampton

Margaret Annie   b. 1887 Southampton   d. 1948 Droxford   Married Frederick Redman in Southampton in 1908. Married William J. Todd in Southampton in 1918. Married William G. Lucas in Southampton in 1927.

Benjamin Alfred   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 1890 Southampton

Stephen John   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 24 December 1965   Married Marcelle J. Belmontet in Southampton in 1923.


Stephen married Fanny Frances Scorey in Southampton in 1909; there is no evidence of any children.

Fanny was born in Southampton in 1889 and she passed away in the city in 1973.


SS Laertes was a cargo ship built in Newcastle in 1904. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy at the outbreak of war, to be used as a merchant vessel.

Laertes had managed to survive a U-boat torpedo and gun attack on 10 February 1915, off the Dutch coast.

On 1 August 1917, she was en route from Southampton in Montreal “in ballast” (no specific cargo).

Whilst off Prawle Point, Devon, she was torpedoed and sunk by UB-31.


14 crew lost their lives, including Stephen.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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