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'We Will Remember Them' - James Billington & Stanley Thomas Bishop

Stanley Thomas Bishop

Killed in Action 20th April 1918

Stanley's Story

Stanley Thomas Bishop was born in 1891 at Cheetham Hill Manchester, the son of Archibald and Elizabeth Bishop. Archibald was a commercial traveller originating from London

By 1901 he was living at Park House Cranage and in 1911 he was at Fir Tree Cottage, Station Road Holmes Chapel.

He was working as a cotton piece salesman and aged 22.

Initially in the Denbigh Yeomanry he enlisted as a private at Eccleston into the 15th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment on 30th October 1916 with nr 49735. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 7th November 1916. In April 1917 he was wounded in the head and then in June he was again wounded, this time in the foot. There were various reports in the Parish Magazine which suggest he had a further spell in hospital due to sickness until February 1918. On 20th April 1918 he was killed in action aged 29.

He is buried in grave I.D.453 at Martinsart Military Cemetery.

Home of the Bishop Family


James Billington

Killed in Action on 24th May 1917

James's Story

He was christened at Elworth, Sandbach on 6th January 1889. His father, Samuel, born about 1855 at Church Lawton was a draper’s assistant. His mother, Hannah Elizabeth neé Witter was born about 1863 at Wheelock. His siblings were Florence born about 1895; Alice born about 1899 and William born about 1904.

In the 1891 Census he was living at Middlewich Road, Sandbach, the house of Harriet Billington, his grandmother; aged 2. In the 1901 Census he was living in the Village, Holmes Chapel; aged 12.

The family emigrated to Canada from Liverpool by SS Canada, arriving at Quebec 10 July 1910. They first settled at Thorndale, Ontario but moved to London, Ontario by 1915.

James enlisted 7 December 1915 with the number 823145. He was posted to the 18th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which embarked on the 18th April 1915 for England.

The Battalion arrived in France on the 15th September 1915.

He was killed in action on the 24th May 1917 and was buried at the La Targette, British Cemetery, Neuville-St Naast, France.


'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.'

Extract from 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon

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