In Flanders Fields…..Frederick Stanton… Roland Stanton

In this post we record the lives of two brothers, born two years apart but together to the end.

Both Frederick and Roland enlisted on 14th September 1914 in the 11th Battalion of the Essex Regiment. Their service numbers were: 15112 and 15113

They fought together at Loos and died together on 26th September 1915. They have no known grave.

Along with others from the village who served in the Essex Regiment, the brothers were reported as wounded in October 1915, but in November, official notification to their parents listed them as ‘missing’ in the last great charge.

It seems only right to remember them together.

Dud Corner Cemetery (Loos Memorial) stands almost on the site of a German strong point, the Lens Road Redoubt, captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the first day of the battle. The name “Dud Corner” is believed to be due to the large number of unexploded enemy shells found in the neighbourhood after the Armistice. The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice. The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker with sculpture by Charles Wheeler. It was unveiled by Sir Nevil Macready on 4 August 1930.

Arthur Frederick Aubrey STANTON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Loos Memorial

Loos Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 15113
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment 11th Battalion
Died: 26/09/1915 – Killed in action, aged 24
Memorial: Loos Memorial, France – Panel 85 to 87.

Personal Information

Parents: Arthur and Ellen Stanton, Grafton Road Geddington
Born: 1891

1901 Census: Grafton Road, Geddington
Arthur Stanton (head) aged 44, Land Surveyor
Ellen Stanton (spouse); Aged 44;
May Stanton (daughter); Aged 19; dressmaker
Ive Stanton (daughter); Aged 14; b. Geddington
Lizzie Stanton (daughter); Aged 12; b. Geddington

Frederick Stanton (son) aged 10; b. Geddington

Roland Stanton (son) aged 8; b Geddington

Roland Charles STANTON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Loos Memorial

Loos Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 15112
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment 11th Battalion
Date of Death: 26/09/1915 – Killed in action, aged 22
Memorial: Loos Memorial, France – Panel 85 to 87.

Personal Information

Parents: Arthur & Ellen Stanton
Born:  1892
Baptised: 25 Sep 1892 Geddington

1901 Census: Grafton Road, Geddington (next to the Priory)
Arthur Stanton (head); Aged 44; land surveyor; b. Hinxworth, Herts
Ellen Stanton (wife); Aged 44; b. West Grinstead, Sussex
May Stanton (daughter); Aged 19; dressmaker; b. Moreton, Essex
Ive Stanton (daughter); Aged 14; b. b. Geddington
Lizzie Stanton (daughter); Aged 12; b. Geddington           
Frederick Stanton (son); Aged 10; b. Geddington 
Roland Stanton; Aged 8;
b. Geddington