Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant Stewart Lenton Blaxley

Linked to: Bicester

Regiment: Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Conflict: World War One

Date of Death: 23rd April 1917

Age at Death: 31

Burial/Memorial Location: Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Son of Samuel Partridge & Mercy Blaxley, of 17 East Park Parade, Northampton. Solicitor of Bicester.

"An inscription in the window of the premises lately occupied by the Y.M.C.A., is “In memory of Lieutenant Stewart Lenton Blaxley, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 23rd April, 1917. For some time honorary secretary of the Y.M.C.A.”" Bicester Herald 11/05/1917

"We regret to announce the death of Lieutenant Stewart Lenton Blaxley, who was killed in action on the 23rd April. The deceased Officer was thirty one years of age, and came to Bicester in July, 1912, as a clerk in the office of Mr Alfred Truman, having served his articles with Messrs. Morgan and George, of Northampton, and been admitted as a Solicitor the previous January. He remained in Mr Truman’s office until November 1915, when he joined the Inns of Court Cadet Corps, and was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers twelve months later, and left for active service in January of this year.
Mr Blaxley was the only son of Mr S.P. Blaxley, of Northampton, and in a letter to his father his Captain states that Lieut. Blaxley was killed instantly whilst leading his men splendidly and gallantly in an attack on the enemy, and expresses his grief at the loss of so brave and capable an officer who had the complete confidence of the men in his charge.
During the time he was in Bicester he took a keen interest in local events. He acted as secretary of the Y.M.C.A. and was mainly responsible for securing the funds necessary for the purchase of instruments for the band attached to that institution.
He was a keen cricketer, and his name figured well up in both the bowling and batting averages of the local club. His knowledge of literature was exceptional, and he exhibited considerable talent both in lecture and debate." Bicester Advertiser 04/05/1917