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Monks, Stuart Cornwall

Monks, Stuart Cornwall, Corpl., No. 1589, 16th (Service) Battn. (Public Schools) The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regt.), 3rd son of the late John Henry Monks, District Magistrate, India by his wife, Ella Catherine, nee Lemaistre; b. Missourie, India, 11th March 1888; educ. Martiniere College, India, and King's College London; won his Colours for Rugby football at King's College in 1911, and for four years was in the O.T.C.; obtained certificates (Inf.) "A" and "B" at the University of London, and became Cadet Colour-Sergt.; was Assistant Engineer in the Burmese Railway at the time of the outbreak of war in 1914, having passed his A.M.I.C.E. Exam in London in 1912; enlisted Jan. 1915; Killed in action. 5 Jan. 1916, near La Bassee. Buried in a trench there in the firing line. An officer of his company wrote: "Corpl. Monks was killed yesterday morning whilst on duty. He was examining the back of our trenches, endeavouring by his survey to better the position f the company. He was shot by a sniper beside his Company Commander, death being almost instantaneous. I, personally, and his platoon and company, mourn his loss, as we all realized his worth and ability. He was undoubtedly my best man; in fact he was more a friend than an N.C.O., and I could always rely on him, no matter what the occasion might be. Owing to the state of the communication trench, which was knee deep in mud, it was impossible to give him burial out of the trenches. He is buried beside the drainage trench, and his grave is well marked." He married at Edinburgh, 22 Sept. 1915, Katherine Fergusson (Dalgowan, Newburgh, co. Fife) du. Of the late William Duncan Sime, of Inchture. De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

Biographical

Surname(s)Monks
First name(s)Stuart Cornwall
Date of birth11 March 1888
Place of birthFategurh, India
Family details

Son of the late John Henry and Catherine Le Maistre Monks, "Dalgowan" Newburgh, Fife. Husband of Katherine Fergusson Monks (nee Simes)

Previous educationMartini[ ] College, India
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Engineering
Qualifications

A.M.I.C.E. 1912

Military unitMiddlesex Regiment, 19th battalion
Date enlistedJanuary 1915
Place enlistedLondon
Service numberPS/1589
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance and Flanders
Date of death5 January 1916
Age at death28
Rank at deathCorporal
Place of deathNear La Bassee
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeIn the trenches
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Loos Memorial
NotesHome Address - East Dulwich, Kent
Sources

King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Soldiers Died in the Great War; De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

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