Lieutenant Stanley Morris BICKERSTETH
15th West Yorkshire Regiment
Date of birth: 1 June 1891
Date of death: 1 July 1916
Killed in action aged 25
Buried Sheffield Memorial Park
Stanley Morris was born at the Vicarage, Belvedere, Kent, the fifth son of
The Revd. Dr Samuel Bickersteth, Canon of Canterbury and Chaplain to the King, and Ella Chlora Faithfull, daughter of Sir Monier Monier-Williams, Professor of Sanskrit and Fellow of Balliol College.
Educated at St David’s Reigate, and Rugby, he came up to Christ Church from
1910-1913. He was gazetted lieutenant in September 1914, served in Egypt from December 1915 to February 1916, and then went to France.
He was killed with his Captain as they led their men in the attack on Serre during the Battle of the Somme. He was buried on the battlefield, and now lies in the Sheffield Memorial Park in what was No Mans Land in 1916.
This cemetery was made by V corps in 1917 (originally V Corps Cemetery No. 4), and contains just over 300 graves, more than a third of which are of unidentified soldiers. Many of the headstones show two names, some one named and one unknown soldier, and others two unknown soldiers. The inscription on his grave reads 'Fifth son of Dr. Bickersteth Vicar of Leeds and Ella his wife”.
The papers of the Bickersteth family, 1815-1976 are held at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, and contain the following:
BICKERSTETH (Stanley Morris) sic 1891-1916
Letters to and from, 1895-1916
MS. Eng. e. 3161: MS. Eng. d. 3053, fols. 54-91: MS. Eng. b. 2088, fols. 710, 847, 1034, 1052-4, 1058-60, 1088, 1093, 1128: MS. Eng. c. 6426, fols. 191a-b
MS. Eng. e. 3186: MS. Eng. d. 3103: MS. Eng. d. 3146, fols. 172-3: MS. Eng. c. 6444, fols. 128-43: MS. Eng. d. 3164, fols. 86-146: MS. Eng. d. 3168
Photograph albums of, 1898-1914
MSS. Photogr. c. 82-4