Henry Chetwynd Stapylton
War dead Male Born 21/8/1887 Died 14/11/1915
Born Hanover Square into a wealthy legal family. Died near Ypres. More information at Rother Valley.
Andrew Behan has researched this man: Captain Henry Miles Chetwynd Stapylton was born on 21 August 1887 at 13 Eaton Terrace, Belgravia, the only son of Henry Goulburn Chetwynd Stapylton and Mary Chetwynd Stapylton née Williams-Wynn. His father was a Barrister at Law. On 27 October 1889 his sister, Annora Esther Chetwynd Stapylton was born in Mereworth, Maidstone, Kent. The 1891 census shows him living with his parents, his sister, a nurse, a cook. a parlour maid, a housemaid and nursery maid at 13 Eaton Terrace. He was educated at St. Aubyn's School, Rottingdean, Sussex before going to Eton College, Berkshire and he is shown here in Waynflete House in the 1901 census. He later attended the Royal Military Acadamy, Woolwich and was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery on 18 December 1907. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 18 December 1910 and the 1911 census shows him with 86th Battery Royal Field Artillery in Minden Barracks, Deep Cut, Farnborough, Hampshire. The 1913 Electoral Register shows his address as F5, Officers' Quarters, Royal Artillery Barracks, Deepcut, Frimley, Surrey, but the 1914 Electoral Register shows him at F1, Officers' Quarters, Royal Artillery Barracks, Deepcut.
When World War One commenced in August 1914 he was stationed with his Brigade in Ireland and he went to France with the 6th Division on 9 September 1914 were he participated in the Battle of Aisne. He was promoted to Captain on 30 October 1914. For some months in the early part of 1915 he acted as Adjutant to a Northumbrian Royal Field Artillery Brigade in France.
On 25 October 1915 he married Muriel Kathleen Gosling at St. Peters Church, Eaton Square. He was appointed to command 107th Battery, Royal Field Artillery when he was hit by German shell whilst returning from a reconnaissance and died, aged 28 years, from his wounds near Ypres, Belguim on 14 November 1915 and was buried in Plot I, Row B, Grave 3 at the Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium.
Probate records show that prior to his marriage he had been living with his parents at Hilliers, Petworth, Sussex, but it was granted to his widow and his effects totalled £1,508-8s-11d. It was not until after the war that his widow received his army effects of £13-9s-6d together with a War Gratuity of £49 and this was sent to her on 15 July 1919. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, the British War Medal 1914-1918 and the Victory Medal. He is also commemorated in St. Mary’s Church, Petworth, by a colourful panel of St. George and a plaque detailing his career and death.
Also, see Granville Chetwynd Stapylton for some information about the family.