September 19, 2016:
Alfred Vanstone 1874 to 1916
Alfred Vanstone was born in Hartland in 1874, the son of William and Ellen Vanstone who moved to Hatherleigh in the 1880`s where they lived in Park Cottages, Moor Lane. Alfred started as a builder`s labourer, the same trade as his father, but then joined the Royal Navy and became a stoker in 1894. In the 1901 Census, Alfred was living in Plymouth having recently married Bessie, a local girl.
A booklet of “Some Hatherleigh Events During 1911” had an entry dated November 22nd. The King left for India. Alfred Vanstone P.O. Stoker on HMS Defence-one of the escorting ships. (This was obviously of much interest at the time to the townsfolk.)
Petty Officer Alfred Vanstone Service No. 277434 Stoker RN died on 28. 10.1916 from Disease, (Pernicious Anaemia) and was buried at Dalmeny Parish Cemetery, South Queensferry, Scotland. His wife and two children, Bessie May and William Edwin, were by this time living with his parents in Hatherleigh.
Alfred`s brother Ernest had joined the 55th Field Corp, Royal Engineers as a blacksmith and was killed in action at Ypres on 23.10.1914. This was to be the second set of brothers from Hatherleigh to die serving their country.
If anyone has family photographs or information about any of the men listed on the Roll of Service/ Honour, I would love to hear from you.
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