Other names: James Levi
Locations in this story: Sutton Waldron, Shaftesbury, DorsetIwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, DorsetTavistock, DevonDublin, IrelandTurnworth, Near Blandford, DorsetYelverton, Devon
Story: James Levi Stacey was born in Sutton Waldron, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 17 Nov 1899 and baptised there at St. Bartholemew's Church on 25 Feb 1900 the son of Frank Stacey and Minna Martha Annie Stacey (nee Hardwick). He spent his early life in Sutton Waldron. He enlisted on 10 Nov 1917 with the Territorial Company of the 3rd Battalion of the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry and was mobilized on 29 Jan 1918 as a Private (Service No. 31238). The Dorset Yeomanry was amalgamated into the Corps of Hussars on 31 Mar 1918 and his Service No. became 57728. He served in the UK only being discharged on 5 Feb 1919 following a medical board in Dublin, Ireland, being surplus to military requirements (having suffered physical impairment since entering the service). It is noted that he had suffered considerable burns to the right side of his chest prior to joining the Services and this had been exacerbated by frequent ulceration of the burn scars. He was awarded the Silver War Badge No. B117213. He also received a limited pension for 26 weeks only. He married Bernice Daisy White at St. Mary's Church, Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16 Dec 1934. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 17 Turnworth, Near Blandford, Dorset, working as a domestic gardener. At the time of his death on 26 Jun 1958 he was living at 1 Tower Cottage, Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, Devon. The death was recorded at the Tavistock, Devon, Registry. His brother, Thomas William Stacey, also served in the conflict.