Private John Stanbridge

John Stanbridge Photo courtesy of June Smith

Thank you to Patricia Brazier for the following research.

John was born in 1876.  He was baptised at the parish church of Capel on 9th July 1876.  His parents were Peter a farm labourer and Mary (nee Cheesman).

John’s parents had married in Capel in 1861 and John was the youngest of four sisters and two brothers. They were all born in Capel.

John lived with his family in Capel and worked as an agricultural labourer. In the 1901 census, he has left the family home but is still living nearby and working as a carter on a Farm. He then moved to London and worked as a gardener, he married Elizabeth Ann Colley on the 4th January 1903. They had four children, Maria Teresa; sadly she died before her first birthday, Douglas John Bruce born in 1904, Leslie Richard James born in 1906 and Herbert William Knolson born in 1908.

In the 1911 census, John and Elizabeth are living at 22 Littlewood, Hither Green Lane, in Lewisham.  John is employed as a Gardener at the Greenwich Royal Naval College. Their sons Leslie and Herbert are with them.  Their eldest son Douglas is living with his grandparents.

John enlisted into the 2nd Battalion. Northumberland Fusiliers in Dorking. His Battalion went to Egypt in January 1917 to serve as a Garrison. He died on 12th June 1918 and is buried in Khartoum Cemetery Plot 1 Row “C”.

John’s widow Elizabeth and her three sons emigrated to Australia after his death. In 1927 she married John S. Handford in Ardleton New South Wales.

Born Capel, Surrey
Lived Capel then Lewisham, London
Son of Peter and Mary (nee Cheesman) Stanbridge
Husband of Elizabeth Ann Colley
Father of Maria, Douglas, Leslie and Herbert
Enlisted Dorking, Surrey
Regiment 2nd Battalion. Northumberland Fusiliers
Number 292781
Date of Death 12th June 1918
Place of Death Egypt
Cause of Death Killed in action
Age 42
Cemetery Khartom Cemetery, Egypt
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