Private Crawford Stokoe
Born. Leeds, 1897.
Killed in action. 1/7/1916.
Crawford Stokoe was the son of Thomas (a master Plumber) and Louisa Stokoe of 19 Chestnut Avenue, Hyde Park, Leeds.
Thomas Stokoe was a widower when he married Louisa and in his two marriages he fathered fourteen children, Crawford was his son from the second marriage.
He joined the pals aged 17 years (underage) on 4/9/1914 and served as a signaller with B Company, 5 Platoon section 1 at Colsterdale, Egypt and France.
On the 1st of July Battle of the Somme he was posted as missing in action but his body had been Killed in Action. Yet another family that would wait in hope.
He is one of so many Pals killed that day that have no known grave, and like them is commemorated on the Thiepville Memorial, France.
A stepbrother Edward died in uniform on 5/11/1919 probably as a result of his earlier war wounds or one of the many that died in the 1919 flu epidemic, he had served as a Sgt with the West Yorkshire Regiment and at the time of his death was attached to the 16th labour company of the Labour Corps.
He is buried in lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds.
With special thanks to Mr. Colin Stokoe for providing family background details.