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Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Silas Stevenson

Died 15th September 1916, aged 28
The Somme, France


Silas Stevenson was born in Quorn in 1887, one of at least nine children of William and Catherine Stevenson. The family went to the Methodist Chapel and the 1901 census shows them living in ‘New Quorn’; an area which included the square made by Sarson Street, Castledine Street, Barrow Road and part of Loughborough Road. Further research has shown they lived at what is now 9 Sarson Street.

Silas’s father died in 1905 when Silas was 17, and shortly afterwards in 1908, he joined the Leicestershire Regiment as a regular soldier. Although his Army attestation form shows that he was a farm labourer, he was of slight build, only 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing less than 9 stones.

Silas was 28 years old when he was killed. His body was buried at Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 in France. His effects were sent to his mother (Catherine or Kate), who had remarried, and was now Mrs Gifford and living at 29 Selbourne Street, Loughborough. At the time of his death, Silas was engaged to Emma Teagle, who also lived in Quorn.

In 1921 his grieving mother had a mourning plaque made from a photograph of Silas in dress uniform, his medals and his cap badge.

Below:
1) Silas in his dress uniform.
2) A modern photograph of Sarson Street. Number 9 is the one with the red door.
3) Silas’s mourning/memorial plaque.


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 Submitted on: 2020-01-11
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman with many thanks to Jonathan Capewell
 Artefact ID: 2281
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