STIMPSON Sidney Albert

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Private Sidney Albert Stimpson died in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916, along with another Rutlander on the same ship. He was born on the 30 June 1897, the son of Fred Stimpson of Langham, was educated in the village school and was a member of Langham Church choir. He began work as under-gardener for Lord Ranksborough, and then became a wagon builder with the Midland Railway Company at Long Eaton, Derbyshire. When war broke out he enlisted in the Royal Marines Light Infantry and was put on HMS Black Prince along with Reuben Carpendale on which ship they were both killed at Jutland. Extract from Jutland by Captain Donald MacIntyre, published in 1957: "... another encounter had ended in disaster for a British ship. The cruiser Black Prince which, at the first meeting of the two main fleets had followed her flagship, Defence, into action and been roughly handled at the time that Defence had been blown up and Warrior disabled, had been left behind by the Grand Fleet's turn to the southward after deployment. For some reason which will never be known, she was still at this time far astern of and out of touch with the British fleet; but when a line of battleships was dimly seen ahead, it was no doubt thought that they were the British squadrons. Course was altered to close them. At a bare half-mile range, the German recognition signal flashed out. The horrified Captain Bonham, swung his ship away in a desperate effort to escape, but it was too late. In the battleship Thuringen the same deadly efficient night action procedure that had been displayed at the head of the line went into play. Brilliantly lit by half-a-dozen searchlights, the Black Prince was raked from stern to stem by a tornado of shells and lay a helpless wreck before she could even fire a shot in reply. As she drifted down the German line, ship after ship opened up on her, Thuringen, Ostfriesland, Nassau and, finally, as the fleet flagship Friedrich der Grosse, added her quota, the Black Prince met the same end as the Defence, blowing up with a tremendous explosion, vanishing with all hands..." Sidney is remembered on the Langham village memorial and also on Panel 22 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 

Photograph above and first one below courtesy Langham Village History Group

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His mother was Annie Pumphrey Stimpson, nee Dickens.
By amwest57 on Monday 7th March '16 at 5:29pm
I found Sidney's Memorial Plaque at a large antique shop in Long Eaton about 30 years ago.
By steveb on Tuesday 31st May '16 at 7:54pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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