Solicitor’s assistant Stafford Dudley Somerville

Stafford Dudley Somerville

Title: Stafford Dudley Somerville
Description: Doncaster Chronicle 14 July 1916 by-nc

Stafford Dudley Somerville was born in 1893, the eldest son of Lieutenant Colonel Somerville and Florence Somerville.

Stafford Dudley’s father and Stafford Edward Somerville, the Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in Doncaster, were cousins.

Before the War, Stafford Dudley worked for Stafford Edward as a solicitor’s assistant clerk in Doncaster.

Stafford Dudley was in the Territorial Army.  He abandoned his legal profession when he was granted a commission with the regular army and he arrived in France in August 1915 with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  On 5th July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, Stafford Dudley was hit by an explosive device and killed.

The Battalion Chaplain wrote, “Captain Somerville played a very prominent part at a critical time.  Man after man who was present at the time has told me what magnificent and fearless work he was doing at the moment he was killed”.

Stafford Dudley was 23 years old when he died.  After the War, he was to have been married to Mary Sandford, second daughter of Archdeacon and Mrs. Sandford of Doncaster.

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