Stanley Edgar BOOTES
Rank: Private
Number: 10413
Unit: 2nd Battalion DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY
Date of Death: 20 September 1914
Age: 24
Cemetery: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, Aisne, France

Stanley was born in Sunderland and was a regular soldier. When War was declared in August 1914, he was stationed with his Battalion at Lichfield. His home is believed to have been in Grangetown, Middlesborough.

He is known to have been married with one child. In 1914, his wife was living in Reddish and it is probable that she originated from the area and had returned to her family home whilst he was on active service.

The 2nd Durham Light Infantry was part of the British 6th Division and arrived in France in the second wave of troops, landing on 10 September. The British Army had retreated after the Battle of Mons on 23 August but on 6 September started to advance again fighting the Battle of the Marne on the 7th and the Battle of the Aisne on the 14th. The latter marked the beginning of the end for the mobile War and troops would soon start to dig the trenches of the Western Front.

Stanley and his comrades had not yet been in action but on the night of 19/20 September they arrived at the front line near the hamlet of Troyon and took over trenches there. At about 1pm on the 20th, the battalion to their right gave way under German pressure. This left the Durhams’ flank unprotected and open to heavy fire from a German machine gun. This fire continued for some time until the reserve battalion was able to move forward and reoccupy the position. 40 men had been killed, including Stanley. He had probably never fired his rifle.

   
           
   
     
© 2006. Design and Layout are the property of Ihelm Enterprises Limited and cannot be reproduced without express permission.
 
Enter Search Phrase Here:(search may take up to 30 seconds) 
 
Close Search Window