J. W. Stevenson
Service no. R/15974
Lance Corporal, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 12th Battalion
Born in Chelsea, west London; enlisted in London; lived in Vauxhall
Killed in action on 18 September 1916, aged about 23
Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
A tentative identification.
Information from the 1911 census
John Stevenson, 18, was an assistant in a butcher shop. He was one of seven children of John Ernest Stevenson, 41, a butcher shop assistant himself, from Pimlico, and Annie Stevenson, 36, from Westminster (one child had died). All the children lived at home, including:
Henry Stevenson, 16, another butcher shop assistant
William Stevenson, 14, an errand boy and shop assistant
Annie Stevenson, 11
Ernest Stevenson, 9
Lily Stevenson, 6
Walter Stevenson, 2
All but John (Pimlico) and Walter (South Lambeth) were born in Chelsea. The family lived at 27 Thorne Street, Wandsworth Road (I am not sure of the exact location of Thorne Street and am wondering if Thorne Road is meant) Stockwell, where they had 7 rooms.