Second Lieutenant
2nd Battalion Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own Yorkshire Regiment; 6th D.L.I. (Durham Light Infantry)
Place Enlisted:
Service Number:
Home Address:
Barnard Castle, 3 King Street
Family Details:

Son of William and Emma Stembridge of 4 Wood Street. 

James married Florence Stembridge of 69 Galgate in late November 1916 whilst he was on leave. They took a short honeymoon in Redcar. 

Teesdale Mercury-29/11/1916: News item: Khaki Wedding



Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Barnard Castle
29th Sep 1918
Place of Death
Cause of Death:
Killed in action by shellfire
Place of Burial:
Chapel Corner Cemetery, Sauchy-Lestree

A letter to James' widow from Captain and Adjutant L. Simpson details how James was killed by shell fire during  an attack on 29/09/1918:

"He and another officer were killed instantaneously by the same shell. He took his part and share in the attack, and carried out all his orders in a most gallant way. Second Lieutenant Stembridge's death is a great loss to the battalion, and you will understand what it means to a battalion to lose good officers at a time like this. Your husband was buried on the outskirts of the Cambrai sector, and a cross will be erected as soon as the battle ceases. I shall be pleased to help you in any little way I can. Will you please overlook the fact of this intelligence being sent in a scrappy note, as we are still in active operations."

Teesdale Mercury-09/10/1918: Local and other notes: Killed in action

Teesdale Mercury-09/10/1918: Return Thanks Notices



Prior to enlisting James had worked at the local Co-op store and later in Middlesbrough.

While abroad serving with his in early 1916 he was promoted to the ranks of Company Sergeant Major. 

The Mercury reported how one of the 'most cherished documents' left behind by James was a copy of an address delivered by Brigadier General Shea. 

Teesdale Mercury-05/04/1916: Local and other notes: Promotion

Teesdale Mercury-19/07/1916: Local War News: Local Soliders in France

Teesdale Mercury-15/08/1917: Local and other notes: Left Barnard Castle for the Front

Teesdale Mercury-24/07/1918: Local and other notes: Enjoying rest from the front

Teesdale Mercury-16/10/1918: Local and other notes: In same trench as Joseph Wilson

Teesdale Mercury-16/10/1918: Local and other notes: Most cherished documents left

Included on the “List of former Scholars of this School (Barnard Castle National Boys' School) now serving with His Majesty's Forces.”

Number on the admission register - 1530

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