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  Albert Stemp 

Private G/45786, 15th (Labour) Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment
"Died of Illness in France" 23/03/1917, aged 31

Buried in St Pol Communal Cemetery, France

Remembered on:
Ewhurst War Memorial,  Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Roll of Honour, Holy Trinity Church, Guildford




ALBERT STEMP was born on 6th July 1885 in Ellen's Green, the third son of William (2) and Sarah (3). His brothers were William (born 1881), Alfred (born 1883) and Thomas (born 1887)(5) .  He was baptised on 9th August 1885 at the church of St Peter and St Paul's in Ewhurst. Albert's father, William, was a brother of Thomas Stemp, who also lived with his family on Ewhurst Green. This family included Walter Stemp, who survived the war, wounded, and wrote several articles on his experiences (see War Memoirs of Walter Stemp)

In 1887 the family were noted as living at Cranley Lane End in Ewhurst, and in 1901 the family were living at Upper House, Ewhurst Green and Albert was declared in the census as being a "carter on farm" with his father being a "labourer on farm"(4).

On 19th January 1910, at the age of 24, Albert married Elizabeth Emma Beadell in the church of St Nicolas in Cranleigh, with W and D Beadell as witnesses (it was noted that Elizabeth's father, Henry, was deceased). The couple moved to Hazelbank, in Ewhurst, where the couple resided for the 1911 Census. Albert became a gardener and in 1914 Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter, Winifred Elizabeth.

Albert enlisted in 15th (Labour) Bn The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, which formed in 1916, at Stoughton Barracks, Guildford, before proceeding to France in September 1916.

On 23rd March 1917 Albert died of illness in France and was laid to rest in grave C25 in St Pol Communal Cemetery Extension. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records state that No 12 Stationary Hospital was posted to the race-course near the town from the 1st June 1916 until 1st June 1919 and that the hospital used the British Plot of the St Pol Communal Cemetery, which contains over 200 casualties from the First World War. It is, therefore, logical to conclude that Albert died whilst a patient at the No12 Stationary Hospital.

Albert was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After Albert's death, his wife moved to 8 St James's Place, Cranleigh, Surrey.(6)


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(1) Ewhurst Book of Remembrance
(2) William Stemp died in December 1923 and was buried in Ewhurst
(3) Sarah Stemp (nee Stenning, of Ewhurst) died in October 1943 and was buried in Ewhurst
(4) 1901 Census
(5) Thomas Stemp was crippled from childhood, and died in Guildford Isolation Hospital on 27/03/1915
(6) CWGC site


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Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey