Captain, Royal Air Force, M.C., D.F.C.
Died 18th February 1919.
Buried at Norbury (St. Thomas) Churchyard.
Student of arts.
Stephen, born on 9th October 1895 at Leeds, was the son of Joseph, headmaster of Stockport Grammar School, and Annie Vickers. Stephen attended Great Moor School and Stockport Grammar School and entered Manchester University in 1914. He was part of the University Officer Training Corps for a short time, 17th August 1914 to 17th September, and then gazetted to the 11th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. He was wounded in the neck and head in late April 1916. While on sick leave Stephen transferred to the Royal Air Force and served with the 101st squadron as a night time bomber pilot. He was awarded a Military Cross in January 1918: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has taken part in fifty-three night bombing raids on enemy aerodromes, billets and communications, flying at times in most unfavourable weather and in the face of intense rifle and machine-gun fire. One two occasions, he made three flights in one night, reaching his objective on each occasion and doing considerable damage with direct hits. He has set a splendid example of courage and determination to the rest of his squadron.” Shortly after he was also one of the first recipients of a Distinguished Flying Cross. He was sent home to serve with the 200th squadron and died of influemza in February 1919 at 4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln. He left effects worth £571 1s 3d to his mother.