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5913   Corporal William Barry Stockdale
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 05/08/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 29
Summary      
William Barrington Stockdale was the son of William and Martha J Stockdale. He was born about 1888 in Clogher, County Tyrone. His father was an auctioneer. William Barrington Stockdale enlisted in Liverpool. William B Stockdale served with the Lancers of the Line (Formerly 4711). Corporal William Barry Stockdale (5913) was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers when died of wounds in Belgium on 5th August 1917, aged 29. Corporal William Barry Stockdale had been awarded a Certificate of Honour.
Further Information
William Barrington Stockdale was the son of William and Martha J Stockdale. He was born about 1888 in Clogher, County Tyrone.
Clogher Main Street
The 1901 census records W Barrington as 13 years old and still at school. His father was a law clerk. The family lived in Clogher.
Family: William Stockdale, Martha J Stockdale, William Barrington Stockdale (born about 1888), C Haydn Stockdale (born about 1892), A Percy Stockdale (born about 1895).
William Stockdale, was in business in Newel's drapery establishment in Lurgan, and also in a Belfast house, prior to emigrating.
By the time of the 1911, William is no longer living with the family in Clogher. His father had become an auctioneer.
William had emigrated to America but returned from New York to Halifax and joined the 5th Lancers shortly after the outbreak of war.
William Barrington Stockdale enlisted in Liverpool.
William B Stockdale served with the Lancers of the Line (Formerly 4711)
Medal card
Corporal Stockdale served through the Dardanelles, where he was wounded.
Corporal William Barry Stockdale was awarded a Certificate of Honour, signed by Major General W B Hickie, commanding the 16th Irish Division
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 2nd March 1917: Certificates for Gallantry
Corporal W S Stockdale, Royal Muster Fusiliers, son of Mr William Stockdale, auctioneer, Clogher, has received from Major General W B Hickie, C.B., a parchment certificate in recognition of his gallantry and devotion to duty in the field.
Corporal Stockdale was three times wounded in France, the latter wound being from a gunshot in the right thigh, which proved fatal.
Corporal William Barry Stockdale (5913) was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers when died of wounds in a clearing station in France on 5th August 1917, aged 29.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 14th August 1917:
William Barrington Stockdale, died of gunshot wounds in France on 6th August, was a son of Mr William Stockdale, auctioneer, Clogher. He was a corporal in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and had been awarded a parchment certificate of honour for gallantry and devotion to duty. He had been wounded at the Dardanelles last year.
From the Tyrone Courier dated Thursday 16 August 1917:
Mr William Stockdale, auctioneer, Clogher, has received intimation of the death of his son, Corporal William Barry Stockdale, of the Muster Fusiliers , from wounds in a clearing station in France on 6th August (incorrect). The deceased, who had a gallant record in the Army, returned from New York to Halifax and joined the 5th Lancers shortly after the outbreak of war. He served through the Dardanelles, where he was once wounded, and subsequently three times wounded in France, the latter wound being from a gunshot in the right thigh, which proved fatal. He held a certificate for gallantry signed by Major General W B Hickie, commanding the 16th Irish Division as follows:-
'I have heard with much pleasure the reports of your regimental commander and brigade commander regarding your gallant conduct and constant devotion to duty in the field during 1916, and have ordered your name and deed to be entered in the records of the Irish Division.'
The deceased was in business in Newel's drapery establishment in Lurgan, and also in a Belfast house, prior to emigrating.
William Barry Stockdale Medal Card
Corporal W B Stockdale is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
William Barry Stockdale headstone
The CWGC record Corporal W B Stockdale as the son of William and Martha Stockdale of Clogher, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Clogher Town (No 15) Clogher Census listing in Clogher Town 54.41165 -7.170535
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Stockdale family Lists William Barrington as age 13 living with the family at house 15 in Clogher, Tyrone
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory - Clogher Stockdale, William, auctioneer
3 1911 Census lists Stockdale family Does not list William Barrington as living with the family at house 9 in Clogher, Tyrone
4 Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Information on William B Stockdale including grave photo
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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