Private Walter Stoyle

Service Army Service No. 8319 Cap badge Devonshire Regiment
Rank Private
Regiment:Devonshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Date of Birth: 02/06/1891
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 13/03/1915
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription STOYLE.W. PTE. DEVON REGT

Service History

A Press report, below, suggests that Walter enlisted in 1908. In 1911 he is in Malta at St George’s Barracks with the Devonshire Regiment.

The Exeter and Plymouth Gazette of Tuesday 23 March, 1915, reports:

Another Dawlish Man – Pte Walter Stoyles[sic]- has given his life for his country. He was killed in the fighting on March 11th. Seven years ago he joined the 2nd Devons, and two years later went with the Regiment to India. He returned to England in September last, when he spent a short time at Dawlish. A letter from his chum, a Corporal, states that deceased was the first man of the Company to reach the German trenches. Soon afterwards he was hit and killed instantly.”

Association with Dawlish

Walter was born on the 2nd June, 1891. His birth certificate shows him as the son of Emma Louise (1875-1932), unmarried, and without a father's name.

His mother was the daughter of Thomas Stoyle (1846- 1893), a Journeyman Plasterer/builder, and Elizabeth Coombes (1843-).

Walter's mother, Emma Louise Stoyle married William Lovell (1863-1942) in January 1896, and they had four children, including William F J Lovell (1896- )(see Dawlish Gazette article, below).

The 1901 census places Walter as the 9 year old grandson of the widow, Elizabeth Stoyle, 63, and living with her. Elizabeth, native of Dawlish, was on Parish Relief with two children, her daughter Eliza Ann, 22, a laundry maid, and son Albert Percy, 16, and Walter, her grandson scholar. They were at 6 High Street, Dawlish.

Devon Roll of Honour Stoyle, Walter Private, Devon Regt
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Mother, Emma Louise Lovell
Last Known Address: 6 High Street, Dawlish

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