Stacey, Edward

Dates: 1882-1919

War Service: During the First World War Edward Stacey served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment and his service number was 22996. He served in France from 11th November 1914 until 29th May 1915 when he was taken ill with pleurisy and pneumonia and was sent home to England.

He was recovering in England until 23rd August 1915 before being sent to the Mediterranean on 24th August 1915 and he later also served in Egypt. He was discharged from the Army on 19th April 1916 due to the expiration of his first period of engagement.

He died of pneumonia 30th April 1919 and at Brockley Cemetery.

Location of Memorial:
He is buried in Brockley cemetery where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.

Details: Edward Stacey was born in Deptford to Edwin and Sarah Stacey. He had two brothers; William, who served with the Royal West Kent Regiment, and George; and a sister called Martha. He first enlisted in the army on 4th October 1901 and originally served in the 3rd Battalion Royal West Regiment. He served in Malta between 6th April 1904 and 27th December 1906. He lost 2 years’ service as he deserted twice, once in 1901 and again in 1902.

At the time of his discharge in 1916 it was stated that he was 5ft 6inches tall, had hazel eyes, brown hair and had a fresh complexion. He had a clasped hand tattoo on his right forearm.
His military character was good and he was described as a good, steady, sober man who was a stevedore by trade.

He married Annie Catherine O’Connor on 3rd August 1908 at St James, Bermondsey. They had three children; Edward born c. 1909 but who does not appear to have survived infancy, Margaret Annie born 14th February 1911 and Thomas George born 4th January 1914.

In 1911 he was living at 113 Rectory Buildings, Crossfield Street, Deptford with his wife Annie and son Edward aged 18 months and Margarite [Margaret] aged 6 weeks. He was employed as a stevedore at the docks.


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Jackie Sellars

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