Horace James Stokes

Regimental number: 
Unit at enlistment: 
125th Battalion
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Survived the war: 
Date of death: 
September 19th, 1917
Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension - Pas de Calais, France - I.T.2.
Commemorated at: 
St. Jude's Anglican Church
Birth country: 
Birth county: 
Greater London
Birth city: 
London, Islington, Clerkenwell
Address at enlistment: 
299 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
299 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, Ontario
Trade or calling: 
Horse keeper
Religious denominations: 
Church of England
Marital status: 
Age at enlistment: 

Letters and documents

Cause and Place of Death: Killed in Action

BX October 9, 1917

Private Horace James Stokes’ Death in Action – Was Killed by Teuton Bomb While Defending an Advanced Post

Private H. J. Stokes, recently reported killed in action, was instantly killed by a bomb thrown by a German bombing party at an advanced post of which he was a defender. This word was received today by his wife, Mrs. H.J. Stokes 299 Dalhousie Street, from Major G.L. Cameron, the deceased hero’s commanding officer. The letter follows:

September 20, 1917

Dear Madam,

It is with deep regret that I have to write this letter, giving some details of the death in action of your husband, Pte. H.J. Stokes, on the night of Sept. 18, 1917. He had been under my command for three months, and had showed himself at all times a good soldier and at the last he was killed by a bomb while holding his ground in an advance post, against a hostile bombing party. He was instantly killed and had no suffering at all. The personal effects were sent through the proper channels and will be forwarded to you from London, Eng. His body was brought out and will be buried with every respect in a military cemetery behind the lines and a suitable cross with inscription erected by the battalion. I knew your late husband personally, and had a high regard for him as a man and as a soldier, and he died as only a good soldier can – doing his duty. May the almighty grant you and the family comfort in your hour of bereavement. Any further enquiries will be gladly answered. 

Yours with deepest sympathy,
G.L. Cameron (Major)
O.C. “B” Co. 1st Can Batt.