Michael George STOCKS
Michael was a Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion. Grenadier Guards. He was the eldest son of Michael and Charlotte Stocks, of Woodhall, Downham, Norfolk. The family also lived at Upper Shibden Hall, Halifax.
Lieutenant Stocks death is recorded in the Grenadier Guards in the Great War of 1914-1918 vol 1. The Battalion were holding the trenches at Klein Zillebeke, Ypres when Michael was killed by a shell on 10th November 1914, he is buried at ZILLEBEKE CHURCHYARD (E. 1) he was aged 21.
From the Halifax Courier 21st November 1914:
“The sad news was received by telegram on Sunday, by Mr. Michael Stocks, Upper Shibden Hall Halifax and Wood Hall Downham, that his elder son. Lieutenant M G Stocks Grenadier Guards was killed at Ypres November 10th.
The deceased who was 21 years old was highly respected here and the bereaved father and mother will have the sympathy of tenants and a large circle of friends. Lieutenant Stocks who was educated at Eton and Sandhurst received his first appointment in January 1912 and was promoted in October last year.
His grandfather Major Stocks took part in the Heavy Brigade charge at Balaclava and as a thanks offering for his safe return the family built the church of St Mary, Halifax.
As far as is known Lieutenant Stocks had been in action at Mons (Landrecies) on the Marne and Aisne. He spent some weeks in the trenches at Chavonne, but little is known as to where he fought later or how he met his death”.
Further information on Michael can be found in the publications: “Aristocrats Go To War”, Uncovering The Zillebeke Churchyard Cemetery” by Jerry Murland and “From Ypres to Zillebeke via Hooge” by Paul Foster.