Other names: James
Locations in this story: East Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetEgyptSalisbury, WiltshireGreens Farm, Shaftesbury
Story: James Stokes was born at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 5th July 1897, the son of Stephen Nehemiah and Eliza Stokes. He lived most of his life in the vicinity. He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 1416) later transferring to the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 230680). He served in Egypt and promoted to Lance Corporal. He was eventually discharged on 22nd March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Irene Violet Foyle in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1929 and they went on to have at least two children. By the 1939 Register he is shown living at Greens Farm, Shaftesbury, and described as a Dairy Farmer and Rabbit Trapper. His death is registered at Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1981.