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Forename(s): John Giles

Place of Birth: Sedbergh, Yorkshire

Service No: 20060

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Dorsetshire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 17th (Northern) Division

Age: 37

Date of Death: 1917-10-16

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 92.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

John Giles Stainton was the son of Tom and Hannah Stainton, née Westgarth. Tom was born at Blackburn, Lancashire and Hannah at Hunsonby, Cumberland.

1891 Sedbergh (Fostrow & Soolbank), Yorkshire Census: Derry Cottages - John Giles Stainton, aged 9 years, born Sedbergh, son of Tom and Hannah Stainton.

1901 Burnley Lancashire Census: 4, Aqueduct Street - John G. Stainton, aged 19 years, born Sedbergh, Yorkshire. [John was boarding with Adam Bassnett.]

John was married to Sarah Ann Wilson Hayhurst (born Burnley, Lancashire, 20 February 1883) in 1902.

1911 Liverpool, Lancashire Census: 19 Rickman Street, Kirkdale - John Giles Stainton, aged 29 years, born Sedbergh, Yorkshire. [John's wife, Sarah, was living at 5, Hull Street, Burnley, with their daughter, Hannah. John was boarding with John Thomson Macdonald.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John G. Stainton, CMT/1672, 7 D.S.C., A.S.C.; 20060, 6th Dorset R. Theatre of War first served in: [1 - France]. Date of entry therein: 5.10.14. Killed.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Giles Stainton, C(MT)1672 R.A.S.C. (MT); 20060, 6 Dorset. K. in A. 16.10.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Giles Stainton, 20060, 6/Dorset Regt, Date and Place of Death: 16.10.17 in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Sarah A.W. £22 3s. 11d. Widow - Sarah A.W. £15 7s. 10d. For the benefit of soldiers children.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for John.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 – But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Private John Giles STAINTON

Private John Giles STAINTON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Dorsetshire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Dorsetshire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

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Forename(s): John Giles

Born: Sedbergh, Yorks

Residence: Bootle, Lancs

Enlisted: Liverpool, Lancs

Number: 20060

Rank: Private

Regiment: Dorsetshire Regiment

Battalion: 6th Battalion


Died Date: 16/10/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 1672, Royal Army Service Corps

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Forename(s): John Giles

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 20060

Rank: Private

Regiment: Dorsetshire Regiment

Unit: 6th Bn.



Died Date: 16/10/1917

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‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (29 December 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


There was a large congregation at the Parish Church on Thursday evening last week, when a memorial service in memory of Pts. Albert Brook[e]s. J.G. Stainton, George Burton and T.B. Stockdale was held. The service was taken by the vicar, the Rev. A.H. Walker and the Rev. A.J.K. Martyn. The hymns, ‘At even ere the sun was set’ and ‘Now the labourer’s task is o’er,’ were sung. At the close of the service the organist, Mr. A.F. Thorne, played the Dead March.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


STAINTON Sarah Ann Wilson of 35 Brookside-avenue Waterloo Liverpool 22 widow died 17 April 1951 at 42 Belmont-road Liverpool 6 Probate Liverpool 2 July to George Stainton departmental manager and Hannah Redman (wife of James Redman). Effects £500 7s. 8d.

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The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

Centre panel - Top row (l-r): Corporal John Charles Leighton, Private Edwin Storey, Private Miles Capstick, Pioneer Fred Teesdale Bushby. Second row (l-r): Sergeant Harry Lyddington Mason, Gunner George Armstrong Thompson, Private Harold Hardy Pearson, Private Noel Bennett. Third row (l-r): Private Albert Brookes, Private John Giles Stainton, Private Henry James Clemmet, L/Corporal Thomas William Clemmet. Fourth row (l-r): Private Thomas Leighton Hall, Private Joseph Charles Bateman

Three-panel oil-painting, courtesy of the artist, David Hartnup

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09 November 1917


Mr. T. Stainton, Kendal Square, has been informed that his eldest son, Pte. J. G. Stainton, was killed on the 16th October. Private Stainton was in the Motor Transport and was called up immediately on the outbreak of war. Two months ago he was transferred to the infantry. He was sent out to the Front in 1914. Private Stainton (37) was the oldest of four brothers, all in the Army. Pte. Thomas Stainton has been a prisoner of war in Germany since May 1915.

Pte. Stanley Banks, of the R.F.A., has been officially notified as being wounded and admitted to hospital.

Mr. R. Inman, of Garsdale, has been officially informed that his son, Gunner E. C. Inman, of the R.G.A., has been wounded in the leg and shoulder by shrapnel, and was admitted to hospital at Rouen. He has since been removed to England and is recovering. The Rev. E. C. Inman, before joining the Army, was curate at Eccleshill, and will be well remembered in Sedbergh as the winner of the Bernard Wilson run two years in succession.


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