The Commonwealth War Graves Commission wrongly records Louis’ date of death as 6 May (see date of letter quoted below).
He was born between April and June 1893 in the Stockport area, the son of William and Mary Ann. In 1901, William and Louis were living at the home of William’s mother, Hannah Bailey, at 32 Carnarvon Street, Stockport. There is no mention of Mary and she had, possibly, died by then. In the early 1920s, William had moved and was living just down the road at No. 38.
Louis was educated at Stockport Parish Church day School and, later, worked as a labourer in the Electric Department of the London & North Western Railway Ltd (and would be commemorated on the Company’s Roll of Honour). He served at Gallipoli from July 1915 and later saw action in Mesopotamia.
The War had ended in November 1918. After the armistice, Louis had apparently gone to Banglalore in India. This was, probably, to recover from illness as the area was a major hospital centre for British troops in the area. On the journey home, it was reported that he caught a cold (possibly it was influenza). He had only been in the country for nine days when it had worsened into pneumonia and he died.
In its edition of 28 October 2004, the Stockport Times West reported that an Edgeley printer had discovered a letter at his premises, dated 28 March 1919, which had been written to Louis’ family. It was signed by by R F Murray:-
“He was a highly esteemed colleague, a sincere and true friend, a faithful devoted chum. Held in respect and affection for the prominent outstanding principle of his character……no-one, not even a casual associate, ever heard him use or utter an expression which was loose, profane or ludicrous.”
The newspaper appealed for any relatives to come forward but it is not thought anyone did.