Basil Stott


This biography was written by Linda Trim

Basil was the younger son in a middle class family that moved to West Kirby from Lancashire in the early 1900s.

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Royal Liverpool Golf Club Roll of Honour

Basil Stott was born in Helmshore, Lancashire, a few miles south of Haslingden, in the latter part of 1886, the youngest child of Samuel Storer Stott and Emily Stott nee Crowe, who were a prosperous middle class couple.

Samuel Storer Stott was born in Haslingden, Lancashire in 1842, the son of Henry Haworth Stott and Mary Stott nee Storer. Henry was baptized as a ‘dissenter’. Although Henry is shown as a Cotton Spinner in the 1851 census, he must have been at the top of his trade as they had two household servants although he was not an employer.

Henry Stott died in early 1852 and Mary was remarried in April 1853 to Thomas Smith, a Woollen Manufacturer and by 1861 Samuel was an apprentice in the Cotton trade.

Samuel married Emily Crowe at Christ Church, Claughton, Cheshire by licence, on 3rd February 1876. By this time he describes himself as an Engineer. Samuel and Emily had three children before he died in 1889 in Flaxmore House, Helmshore, Lancashire. He left an estate of £27,266 1s 1d. In 1891 at the time of his death he had three children; Lionel Yates, Basil and Dorothy.

Basil and his sister were raised by his widowed mother, and by 1901 they had moved from St Anne by the Sea to the Wirral, where they lived at Belgravia, Claremont Road, West Kirby. Basil’s older brother had gone to sea and so only Dorothy and Basil were living at home, and Basil was still at school. Sadly his mother died in 1906, and by 1911 Lionel, who was by this time a Master Mariner, was at home and describes himself as a widower and the head of the family, which consisted of only Lionel, Dorothy and Basil.

Basil’s education was complete: he had become a mechanical engineer and in July 1911 he left for Montreal on the Victorian, a ship of the Allan Line, bound for Montreal, Quebec, Canada. On this trip he says he is a Civil Servant. It is unclear if he was emigrating or if he was on a work assignment, but he returned on the Mauretania, leaving from New York and returning to Liverpool on 22 Dec 1913.

Basil was a member of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, and is listed in a window at St. Hildeburgh’s Church, Hoylake as one of their members who had died in the Great War.

Most of Basil’s war records no longer exist, but he is known to have joined the 8th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, London Regiment as a Private and his service number was 6235. As he is not named on the Deeside Advertiser list of those already serving published 6 November 1914, he probably joined up after that date.


Royal Fusiliers Cap Badge

He arrived in France on the 14th November 1915. He fought on the Somme, and was reported missing in action 7 July 1916. The Red Cross searched for him. His sister was told he was missing, but may have waited for some time before it was officially recorded that he was killed in action. He left an estate of £12,747 0s 4d to his unmarried sister Dorothy: This was a substantial sum of money at the time!


Red Cross Index card

Red Cross records showing that they were searching for him.

He was awarded the Victory, British and 14/15 Star Medals, and his death is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial in Picardie, France, a memorial for the missing soldiers of the Somme.

Lionel, Basil’s brother was made a temporary Lt. Commander in the Navy on 5 August 1914 and served “Under War Office” during WW1. He died in Conwy, Wales on 3 Jan 1944, leaving his estate of £9001 to his sister Dorothy, who never married, so this line of Stott family died out.

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Thiepval Memorial


Birth:  Nov 1887, Helmshore, Lancashire
Death: 7 Jul 1916 Picardie, Somme, France; missing in action.
Address: Claremont Villas, South Promenade, Lytham, Lancashire (91) Oatlands Park, West Kirby (01) Belgravia, Claremont Road West Kirby (11)
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Unit: 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, London Regiment
Number & Rank; 6235 Private
Medals: British, Victory and 14/15 Star
Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Picardie, France; Grange Hill War Memorial, West Kirby; Royal Liverpool Golf Course, Hoylake, St. Bridget and St. Andrews Churches, West Kirby, St. Hildeburgh’s Church Hoylake.
Sources; CWGC, GH, MC, PROB, PR, WK, RSE, ICRC, RL, passenger lists.


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