Stephenson, William Thomas Steer (No. M/346028)

Stephenson, William Thomas Steer (Thomas)

Private

No. M/346028, Army Service Corps

Died in service on Tuesday 26 February 1918 (aged 17)

Buried:

Bangor Abbey Churchyard, Co. Down (Grave South of West Wall)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, his surname is spelt Stevenson.

In some records, his number is M/346828.

William Thomas Steer Stephenson was born on 10 May 1900 in Bangor Demesne, Bangor and he was a son of William James and Mary Louise Stevenson (nee Maltman) who were married on 4 October 1899 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).  William James Stephenson was a son of Thomas Stephenson, a land steward.  Mary Louise Maltman was a daughter of Henry Maltman, a ploughman.

William James Stephenson worked as a carpenter and joiner and he and Mary had at least two children:

William Thomas Steer (born 10 May 1900 in Bangor Demesne, Bangor)

Edward (born 16 March 1905 in Bangor Demesne, Bangor)

William Thomas Steer Stephenson was baptised in Bangor Parish Church.

The Stephenson family lived with Mary’s parents, Henry and Agnes Maltman, in the townland of Corporation, Bangor.  Later they moved to Bangor Demesne.

Thomas Stephenson enlisted in Belfast and he served with the Army Service Corps.

Private Thomas Stephenson died in Aldershot Hospital on 26 February 1918.  His remains were brought to Bangor on 1 March and lay overnight in Bangor Parish Church.  His funeral with military honours took place at 2.00 pm on Saturday 2 March 1918.  The chief mourners were his grandfather, Henry Maltman, and his brother Edward Stephenson.  Thomas’s father wasn’t told about his son’s death until the following week because he had just undergone a serious operation in Bangor Hospital.

Private Thomas Stephenson (No. M/346028) was buried in Bangor Abbey Churchyard and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 27); on the Memorial Plaque in RBL Bangor Branch and as Thomas Stevenson on the Memorial Plaque in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).