2761 Pte. C. Stokes, Border Regiment.
Charles William Stokes enlisted at London 2 April 1889 aged 18 years 8 months. Born Marylebone. Occupation printer. Religion C of E. Posted to 2nd Battalion 2 December 1889. Transferred to Army Reserve 21 March 1897. Recalled to army service 13 November 1899. Posted to 1st Battalion 14 December 1899. Posted to Depot 10 April 1902 and discharged two days later. On the 1911 census he is shown as a ticket collector with the Great Northern Railway aged 40 living with his wife Emma (36) and visitors Doris (14) and Sybil (13) Dodson at 21 Warwick Avenue, Haringey. Enlisted in the 8th Battalion Border Regiment at Hampstead 12 September 1914 aged 44. Occupation ticket collector. Joined the Depot at Carlisle two days later. Appointed unpaid lance corporal 23 March 1915. Reverted to private at his own request 4 May 1915. Posted to 10th Battalion at Billericay 9 October 1915. Transferred to 17th Training Reserve Battalion at Seaford 1 September 1916. Transferred to 582nd Home Service Employment Company at Parkeston 14 July 1917. Re-transferred to 17th Training Reserve Battalion at Parkeston 25 August 1917. Subsequently transferred to 51st Graduated Battalion Training Reserve (King’s Royal Rifle Corps). He was medically examined at Colchester 11 January 1919 and confirmed to have chronic bronchitis and mild neuritis (lumbar myalgia). He had no entries in the defaulter book. Died of cancer at North Middlesex Hospital 27 July 1940. Served in 2nd Battalion in India and 1st Battalion in South Africa. Not entitled to any WW1 medals as he did not serve overseas.