In 1917, the design of a commemorative plaque for those from the British Empire who died was finalised. The next of kin received a plaque inscribed with their loved one’s name, as well as a printed message from King George V.
Stephen was killed in action November 1917. He had said: “no Hun was born to shoot him.” Ironically, it was a shell – the principal killer in the war – which took his life.
The plaques meant that all next of kin had a memorial and many became treasured family items.