Henry Job Stubbs was born at Barrow in Rutland on 21 March 1891, the son of Henry and Emma Stubbs who later moved to Ashwell. Before the war Henry Jnr was a railway signalman. He enlisted in June 1915, joining the 1st/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and after training at Loughborough, Belton Park, Basford, and Bulwell, went to France at the end of March 1916. When the Battle of the Somme began, the Leicestershires were in reserve for an attack on Gommecourt, a diversionary attack to the main battle. In the evening of 1 July they moved up to take over trenches occupied by the Staffordshire Regiment and remained there until 3 July. According to the battalion war diary, the next day was spent cleaning up although A Company went into the trenches at night to support the 4th Leicestershires. There is no mention of any casualties, but George Phillips in Rutland and the Great War says Henry was wounded by shell splinters in the right hand and left thigh on 4 July and died the following day in the Casualty Clearing Station at Warlincourt Halte. His Colonel wrote: "I know that he was a well behaved, quick, and thoroughly conscientious man, and I have had good reports of him from his officers." Henry is buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, northern France, grave I.G.6 and is remembered on Ashwell's war memorial.
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