Alfred Edwin Stockley was born in the Spring
of 1882 at Tangley, near Andover
in Hampshire; he was the son of James Lloyd Stockley and Mary Ann Sexton.
He fought with 2nd Bn Hampshire Regt in the Boer War, and was serving
in the Regular Army in 1901 – he was listed at Tournai Bks near Fleet at the
time of the census. Alfred re-enlisted on
the 9 Nov 1914 at Aldershot into the Army
Service Corps as a motor driver (M2/022202).
The family history has it that he served on the Somme.
He joined the Machine Gun Corps in late 1916 and was allocated a new number
75180 in the series of those who volunteered to join the tanks. Sadly he did not serve with them for a long
time, he was discharged on Health Grounds on the 10 Apr 1917. On 21
August 1920, he married Ellen Elizabeth Cummins at Vernham Dean and died aged
54 on 18 May 1936 at Linkenholt.