The Emotive Stephen Family First War Memorial Grouping
The Emotive Stephen Family First War Memorial Grouping - Peter Stephen: British War Medal (1075075 CPL. P.C. STEPHEN. C.R.T.); and Victory Medal (1075075 CPL. P.C. STEPHEN. C.R.T.). James Stephen: British War Medal (802139 PTE. J. STEPHEN. 4-CAN.INF.); Victory Medal (802139 PTE. J. STEPHEN. 4-CAN.INF.); and GRV Memorial Cross (802139 Pte J. STEPHEN). Martin Stephen: GRV Memorial Cross (2691697 Pte. M. STEPHEN). Very crisp detail, unmounted, dark patinas on the BWMs, ribbons swapped on the former's medals as worn by the veteran, extremely fine. Accompanied by a CD containing forty-two pages (twenty-two for Peter, ten for James and ten for Martin) including their Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Discharge Papers. Footnote: Peter Crystal Stephen was born on December 17, 1872 in Arbroath, Forfarshire, Scotland. He married Christine Fleming Stephen and had a daughter, also named Christine Fleming Stephen, along with two sons, James and Martin Stephen. He enlisted as a Private (528511) with "C" Section, No. 2 Field Ambulance Depot on July 26, 1915 at London, Ontario, stating on his Attestation Paper that he had one and a half years previous military service with the 4th Lanark Militia, that he was married to Christine and that his trade was that of Coach Maker. He was discharged on March 1, 1916 at London "in consequence of Misconduct under Para 322 Sub Para 7 K.R & O. 1010." One month later, he signs his second Attestation Paper on April 4, 1916 in London (1075075) with No. 2 Field Ambulance Depot, Canadian Army Medical Corps, stating that he had seven months previous military service with "C" Section, No. 2 Field Artillery Depot, that he was married to Christine and that his trade was that of Coach Carpenter. He embarked Canada from Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 12, 1916 aboard the S.S. Metega, disembarking Liverpool, England on the 22nd. Peter Stephen was appointed Acting Corporal at Witley and sent to C.P.T.D. on December 2, 1916, transferring to the Canadian Railroad Construction Corps at Croborough onDecember 18th. He was transferred to the 7th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops on March 16, 1917, arriving in the French theatre on the 29th and confirmed with the rank of Corporal in the field on June 13th. On May 2, 1918, Corporal Stephen suffered an injury and was admitted to hospital at Rouen on the 3rd, later being discharged on the 5th with a "debility". He was transferred to C.L. Pool on June 3, 1918, then transferred again and taken on strength at No. 2 Canadian General Hospital on September 23, 1918. He was to remain here until he embarked Liverpool aboard the S.S. Belgic on April 16, 1919, arriving in Halifax on the 23rd. Stephen was discharged upon demobilization at 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Quebec Regiment in Montreal on April 25, 1919 at the age of 46, issued with a War Service Badge, Class "A". Corporal Stephen's two sons aslo saw service during the Great War. His two sons also saw service: the older one, James, during the war and the younger one, Martin, post-war. His oldest son, Private James Stephen (802139) was born on May 8, 1897 in Glasgow, Scotland. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 135th Infantry Battalion "Middlesex Battalion", on December 3, 1915 in London, Ontario, listing his father as his next-of-kin, stating that he was serving with the C.S.C. since September 20th, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Clerk. He embarked Canada from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Olympic on August 22, 1916, arriving in Liverpool on the 30th. He was transferred from the 135th Battalion to the 125th Battalion, taken on strength at Bramshott on October 15th. He proceeded overseas to the French theatre for service with the 4th Battalion Canadian Infantry on May 23, 1917. He was with reinforcements at Canadian Base Details on the 24th and joined the 1st Engineer Battalion in the field on June 12th, eventually making his way to the 4th Battalion on August 24th. Private James Stephen was Killed in Action on November 6, 1917, at the age of 20, most likely at Passchendaele. He is remembered on the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial, Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30 on the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, Belgium, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. His Will, dated August 6, 1916, stipulated that his mother was to receive his wordly possessions. She also received his medals and Memorial Cross. Private Martin Stephen (2691697) was born on November 22, 1899 in Wishaw, Scotland. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 1st Battalion, Canadian Garrison Regiment in London, Ontario on February 3, 1919 in London, Ontario, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Labourer. He was admittted to hospital on July 16, 1919, suffering from "chills, slight difficulty swallowing, stiff neck, swollen tonsils" and eventually diagnosed with Dyptheria. He was treated and discharged on the 31st. He was hospitalized again, this time on February 4, 1920, with a "cough, pains all over" and diagnosed with Influenza. He spent two weeks being treated at the Western Ontario Military Hospital in London, then experienced "a sudden drop in temperature to 97 degrees" before his "heart petered out" and died at 5:20 am on February 17, 1920 at the age of 20. His Will, dated February 3, 1919, stipulated that his mother was to receive his wordly possessions. She also received his Memorial Cross. Corporal Stephen and his wife Christine lost both sons in the course of twenty-seven months, both in the service of their country.