Private 305500 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 1st/8th Battalion
Killed in Action Leivin April 21st 1917 : Aged 24
Neuville-St. Vaast, Canadian Cemetery No2.
Born in Sutton; Enlisting at New Hucknall could well indicate former employment and recruitment at the so named Huthwaite colliery. He became a resident here with parents George and Mary Ann Stubbins addressed at 48 Common Road, Huthwaite. Transcription from dated press archives intimates his brother Ernest was still serving in France, and finding no listing he possibly survived the war. His joint memorial service was held at All Saints, the Huthwaite parish church where he attended Bible classes.
His Star medal was inscribed Stubbens, found traded 2007 along with other war and Victory medals.
Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times – 4th. May, 1917.
PRIVATE G. STUBBINS, HUTHWAITE
The following letter has been received by the family of Private G. Stubbins, 8th. Sherwood Foresters, from his Corporal: “It is with sincere regret I write. I am exceedingly sorry to inform you of your dear son's death in action. He was killed on the night of 21st. (April) by a German shell. He was killed instantaneously, so did not suffer any pain. He was a very good and willing young fellow, and we shall miss him very much. I do not know where he is buried, but when I get to know I will let you know. A parcel came for him this morning, and we shared the contents among the platoon, with the exception of the postal order, and the pair of leggings, which will be sent back along with his personal property. I have been asked to send our greatest sympathy from all his comrades, as they all feel they have lost one of their best and most cheerful chums. I again offer my deepest sympathy in the terrible blow which has overtaken you. Corporal T.E. Barsby, 4th. Platoon, “A” Company, 8th. Sherwood Foresters”
This letter was received on Tuesday following the Official intimation of a few days earlier. Private Stubbins was very young and enlisted in the year the war broke out. He was a member of the Huthwaite Parish Bible Class.
Notts Free Press – 29th. June, 1917. (Summary) A memorial service was held to L/cpl E. Bower (N. Staffs) L/cpl A. Weston (KRR) and Privates George Stubbins (Sherwood Foresters) H. Burton and T. Phillips (both Canadian contingents) - Phillips was missing 12 months before he was reported as killed. - Burton had been confirmed in the Parish Church and attended its Sunday school before going out to Canada. Weston commenced his teaching career at Church Schools, and his love for his country was handed down unsullied from his forefathers. He was a promising youth.
Notts Free Press 19th April 1918 (HF) andnbsp; - In Memoriam -
Stubbins - In memory of our dearly beloved Son and Brother, Private George Stubbins (Huthwaite) 1/8th Notts and Derby, who was killed in action at Leivin April 21st 1917, in his 24th year. He is absent from those who love him, 'Twas Jesus who called him away; He has gone to the Lord who redeemed him, From night to the splendour of day. Too dearly loved to be forgotten. -
From his Parents, Sisters and Brother Private Ernest Stubbins (France).
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