30 December 1915: Pte Stephen Sowden

Living at 29 Brennand Street, Burnley at the time of his enlistment.

Stephen had seen active service on Gallipoli for a number of months, mainly in the Jephson's Post/Karakol vicinities where he was wounded.

Evacuated to Mudros from Gallipoli on 18 December 1915, It was originally believed Stephen became ill and died whilst in transit to the UK.

He is now buried in North Front Cemetery, Gibraltar.

However, using the WFA's Pension Records we see a different story to that which was originally published in the local newspapers.

The above Pension Record card tell us he died of a 'fractured spine'

And the above ledger gives us more detail (fractured spine in dug-out)

Access to the WFA's Pension Records is freely available to WFA members as part of their WFA subs. Details here: WFA PENSION RECORDS

9308 Pte Stephen Sowden, 9th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers.

30 December 1915 died of his wounds.


Research by David O'Mara