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Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 18/Durham Light Infantry 

18th (Service) Battalion (1st County) This and other battalions (below) often known by the name of the Durham Pals. Formed at Cocken Hall in County of Durham on 10 September 1914 by Col. R.Burdon and a committee. Moved in December to Fencehouses, thenback to Cocken Hall in February 1915 and to Fencehouses again in March. May 1915 : moved to Cramlington then Ripon, attached to 93rd Brigade in 31st Division. Went to Fovant in September. 6 December 1915 : sailed from Liverpool for Egypt, arriving Port Said on 21 December. Went on to France, arriving 11 March 1916.

Action :  

Joined military service under a short term attestation for the duration of the war on the 26th June 1915. His record is heavily burned and partially destroyed. Started out as a Private 1641 and eventually became 68281, acting Company Sergeant Major by 1918. There is no evidence to show that he served anywhere but Aldershot and Sunderland. His medical category, B2, was probably a clue as to why.

An inter-department memo shows that Acting Company Sergeant Major J.W. Stokoe had been transferred from the 87th T.R. Battalion to the Depot of the Durham Light Infantry on 7th September 1918. His record shows that it was the 18th Service Battalion that he joined.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Barnard No. 1230 E.C.Durham

4th April 1913
2nd May 1913
4th July 1913

Listed as a Schoolmaster from Inglestone when initiated, aged 23 into Barnard Lodge No. 1230 in 1913. War service is recorded for almost the entire war from 1915 to 1919. He is included on the Roll of Honour for Barnard Lodge, but as a survivor of the Great war not listed in the 1921 book or 1940 scroll.

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