Sunday, October 26, 2014

G Stevens

There is very little information on this man.  In July 1918, Chailey Parish Magazine notes that a Gunner G Stevens is serving with a Trench Mortar Battery.  This information is repeated monthly until the final entry in July 1919.

He is possibly George Stevens who appears on the 1901 census as a two year old living at Wapsbourne Farm Cottage, Sheffield Park, Chailey with his family.  The household comprised: John Stevens (head, aged 40, working as a thrashing engine driver), his wife Sarah (aged 41) and their four children: Albert Stevens (aged 13, working as a stock boy on a farm), Margaret Stevens (aged 11), William Stevens (aged six) and George. 

John Stevens’ brother, James Stevens lived virtually next door with his family at Wapsbourne Garden Cottage.  His family comprised: James Stevens (head, aged 45, working as a farm labourer), his wife Ellen Stevens (aged 40) and their four children: Alice Stevens (aged ten), William H Stevens (aged eight), James Stevens (aged five) and Frank Stevens (aged three).  There were other children too, not living at Wapsbourne in 1901.  The 1891 census notes Annie K Stevens (aged six) and Emily J Stevens (aged four).
Chailey Parish Magazine notes nine men with the surname Stevens who served their King and Country during the First World War.  If G Stevens is this George Stevens it seems likely that his brothers William and Albert and his cousins William H, James and Frank Stevens also served during the First World War. 

Note however that Chailey Parish Magazine notes two men with the name G Stevens, both of these appearing for the first time in the magazine in the July 1918 issue.  At this point in time it is unclear whether G Stevens is the man indicated above or indeed, somebody else entirely.

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