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A Special Story
Private Horace Fred Stott
15896 6th Bn Lincolnshire Reg.
Brimington's youngest soldier to die -Aged 17
68 Melbourne Place, Station Road, Brimington
Born: Aug 1899 Died: 13th January 1916
Horace Fred Stott, answered the call to arms in March 1915 - when he was barely 16 years old, and like many eager young boys of his time, he lied about his age to the recruiting officer. Horace’s father however refused to allow his underage son to sign up, so he dragged him back home.
He was removed from the battlefield and shipped to a hospital station in Alexandria, Egypt, to await transportation home, and it was from there that his parents learned of their son’s terrible injuries. There is a brief article in the Derbyshire Times (November 1915) reporting that ‘Mr F Stott of Station Rd Brimington has received a telegram stating his son Horace is dangerously wounded and is at Alexandria’
His father Fred died in 1926; just ten years after his beloved son had been so senselessly taken. And he lies with his son in the same grave. His own name cannot be remembered on the grave stone as it is a military grave.
Horace’s mother, Eliza died on 17th May 1950 and another brother Wilfred – bed-ridden for the last 25 years of his life with Rheumatoid Arthritis, followed her to the grave just two weeks later, and they are buried together in Brimington Cemetery just up the hill from Horace’s last resting place.
His youngest brother, Ron, who was born a month after Horace died, grew up knowing of his soldier brothers sacrifice because Horace was always talked about in the family and so his memory was kept alive. Once both his parents had died Ron ensured that the Christmas wreath was always laid on his brother’s grave. And even after Ron’s death some 20+ years ago the pilgrimage did not cease for his wife Grace took up the mantle, and even though she lives in Nottingham she makes sure a relative from Whittington places the wreath each year in her absence. And we have pledged to Grace that we will ensure the ritual carry’s on for as long as we are able.
It’s from Grace that we’ve learnt a lot about young Horace before he went off to war and lost his life. He worked at Sheepbridge; he loved his mother’s meat and potato pies. And he was a keen footballer,- a prolific goal-scorer in the Schools Boys team. He was a member of the Brimington school boy team who won the famous Clayton Challenge Shield in 1913 and who were runners up in the 1911 competition. And it is our privilege and with overwhelming pride that we are now the proud custodians of both his football medals, recently passed into our safe keeping by Grace.
Horaces grave in Brimington Cemetery with the annual Christmas wreath
We've recently obtained a copy of Horaces 'Will' - a requirement of all British soldiers at the time -and he leaves all of his property and effects to his mother, Eliza.
This is the first time we've seen Horaces handwriting and signature, needless to say it brought a lump to the throat.
Courtesy of The National Archives
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