Henry Morris Stevens.

Photo of Henry Xmas 1914.

He had the HCB number 664 when he enlisted in 'A company' of the 2/1st HCB at Huntingdon on the 20/10/1914 at Huntingdon. At the time he gave his address as 39 St. Germain Street, Huntingdon, being the son of H. Stevens of the "Golden Lion" public house.

On July 27th he was listed as a Corporal of 'A Company' of the  2/1st [Reserve] H. C. B.   He was later recorded as a Sergeant in the Hunts. Cyclists. 

Photo of Henry outside the Harold Hotel , Whitby, during 1915.

He was posted to the base depot B. E. F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916. He was then transferred to the 1st Bedford Regiment [43019], where he was promoted to a Sergeant in October 1916. 

Wounded in the neck on the 14 May 1917, he was sent back to England and put into a hospital near St. Albans. After recovering from his wounds he was transferred to the 53rd Y. S Bat. The Bedford Regiment.  He died in 1980.

Additional information and photographs kindly provided by his Grandson, Nick Webster.   

An entry in the autograph book of Muriel Epton, Willoughby, Lincolnshire.

 

He signs here as simply Corporal Stevens and also gives his HCB number.

 

. The last entry in the autograph book of Muriel Epton, Willoughby, Lincolnshire.

 

He signs here as simply Morris Stevens.

 
An entry in the autograph book of Muriel Epton, Willoughby, Lincolnshire.

 

He signs here as H M Stevens.

 

 

Entry from the autograph book of Muriel Epton, whose parents owned and ran the local shop in Willoughby, Lincolnshire and by the mere fact that he signed the book indicates that he was in Willoughby as well as the 2/1st HCB whose job it was to patrol the coast line day and night to keep England's shores safe from invasion.  The photo is of the shop in Willoughby, Lincolnshire where the autograph book was signed.
Contact has also been made from Ian Roberts in New Zealand who indicates that Henry Stevens was his great uncle.  He thinks that Henry Stevens mother had the surname Clark.  It is thought that he died in about 1980.

If you can help with any data on this Huntingdonshire Cyclist please contact me at huntscycles@btinternet.com

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09/04/2012

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