Stock, George

Age: 27
Date of birth: 1887

Parents: William and Mary Stock
Address: 19 Wharf Street

Occupation: Wheelwright

George was baptised at All Saints Church, Emscote, Warwick on 29th September 1887. At the time his parents were living on the Emscote Road and his father was a labourer. Mary was William’s second wife and George had a half-brother, William, and half sister, Elizabeth.

At the time of the 1891 census William and Mary were living at 19 Wharf Street with sons William (18), George (3) and Frank (8 months). William Snr was working as a carter at the gelatine works and William Jnr worked there as a general labourer.

In the 1901 census William and Mary, George and Frank were still at 19 Wharf Street. George, aged 13, was working as a “dry plastic painter”.

In the 1911 census, the family of four were still together at 19 Wharf Street with George employed as a wheelwright and Frank as a miller.

When news of his death was unofficially received in May, he was described in Local War Items as ‘a very popular fellow, and played full back for Warwick All Saints’ F.C.’ It was reported that a vote of sympathy with his relatives was passed at a meeting of the Leamington and District League.

In Memoriam notices were placed in the Warwick Advertiser on May 11th 1918 from his “mother, dad and sister Bessie” and also from his brother Frank, his wife Fanny and their children.

George’s half-brother, William Thomas, also died in France. They are commemorated together on William and Mary’s grave in Warwick Cemetery, whose inscription reads:

In Loving Memory of
MARY the beloved wife of WILLIAM STOCK who died September 14th 1922 aged 65. A noble and true wife and a loving mother.
Also Sgt. GEORGE STOCK 1-7 Royal Warwickshire Regiment who fell in action at Messines May 7th 1915 aged 27.
And Pte. WILLIAM THOMAS STOCK 1. Wiltshire Regiment who fell in action in France August 7th 1915 aged 43. Sons of the above.
Also the above WILLIAM STOCK who died May 21st 1932 aged 81

Military Service

Rank & Number: Sergeant, 1424
Regiment/Service: 1st/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 143rd Brigade, 48th Division
Date of death: Friday, May 07, 1915
Cause of death/Battle: Died of wounds at Messines
Commemorated/Buried: La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: All Saints Church, All Saints School

Sergeant Stock was instructor to the “Pals” Company of the 7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment when in training at Leamington.

In the 15th June 1915 edition of the Warwick Advertiser extracts from two letters from Sergeant Stock’s comrades were published.  The first was to his father, from Captain Bushill and the second letter was written to his brother, by Sergeant Cole.  They provide a fitting tribute to someone who was very well respected.

In the Warwick Advertiser in August 1915, Sergeant C H Cole writes that William Sidwell has been buried alongside Sergeant Stock


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Records office

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