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  • : William Leonard Stephens

  • : 2nd Glos Regt. : Pte

  • : Minchinhampton parish

  • : 1915-05-30 : 24

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    Andrew was born in Minchinhampton in 1887, the son of Leonard Stevens and Prudence (nee Lock). His siblings were: Sidney (1873), Amos (1875), Carolina (1878), Benjamin (1880), Alice (1883), Nelson (1889), William (1891), Emily (1892), Mary (1896), Arnold (1897) and Eva (1897).

    The family lived at Forest Green, Nailsworth and Andrew's parents were gypsy hawkers. In the 1901 census Andrew, aged 15, was employed as a pin worker, but by 1911 he was a farm labourer. On 21st August 1912 Andrew sailed from Bristol to Quebec on board the 'Royal Edward'.

    On the passenger list his age is given as 23 (should be 25), and his occupation as farming. He enlisted in Canada in 1915. On his attestation forms he stated his date of birth as 13th February 1888, but his birth was actually registered in 1887. He is described as 5' 7" tall with brown eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion. He had a scar on the inside of his elbow. He gave his occupation as a golf club maker, and stated that he had served for 6 years with the 3rd Gloucestershire Regiment.

    According to a brief report in the Stroud News dated 2nd March 1917 Andrew came to England with the Canadian Forces, but was discharged owing to an injury to his ankle.

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    He died in Stroud Hospital on 28th February 1917 from a perforated duodenal ulcer. (See also entry for his brother, William Stevens private 9195 2nd Glosters)