Edgar Stooke

View Edgar on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Service number:
Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Date of birth:
Date of death:
26 April 1918
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Known information

Edgar Stooke was the youngest of four brothers to die in the First World War, aged just 18. He was killed just 13 days after one of his other brothers, Frederick, while both of them were fighting in Belgium. He was one of seven brothers who all served, the other two who died were Frank and Arthur. Edgar was born in Essendine between July and September 1899 and was the youngest of twenty children raised by his parents John Robert and Christiana Charlotte. Edgar had fifteen siblings and his parents took in four of John's neices and nephews too. John was for many years the headmaster at Essendine School, and when he retired the family moved a few miles to Carlby in Lincolnshire. His father died in 1910 when Edgar was just ten years old and his mother ran the Plough Inn in the village. Edgar joined the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) as a Private and was killed on 26 April 1918. He is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3, a small cemetery to the west of Ypres, on the way to Poperinge, grave I.O.9. There is a memorial tablet to the four boys in St Stephen’s church in Carlby. The men’s mother Christiana is buried in St Stephen’s churchyard within sight of the memorial tablet. Edgar is pictured standing beside his brother Harold (seated) who also fought in the war but returned home and lived to be 90 years old.

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  • Carlby Church
  • Stooke Plaque 2
  • Stooke Plaque 1
  • Ryhall Church
  • Stooke brothers at Ryhall church
  • Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3
  • E Stooke 2
  • E Stooke 1a JB

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Edgar (also known as Edwin)
By cbrandal on Tuesday 3rd June '14 at 1:13pm
3 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 8:03pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

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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