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Stanley Sadler was born in Ridlington on the 19th February 1898, the fourth son of Robert and Rebecca Sadler’s ten children.
Stanley enlisted in the Royal Navy on the 26th October 1916, for the ‘hostilities’, as his card records. He gave his place of birth as North Walsham (which is about 5 miles from Ridlington), and his occupation as blacksmith. From the 26th October 1916 to the 30th March 1917 he was a Stoker (2nd class) and based at Pembroke II, a shore establishment at Sheerness. On the 31st March 1917 he moved to HMS Hibernia (based at Sheerness) and remained there until the 15th October 1917, when Hibernia was moved to Chatham Dockyard as an overflow accommodation ship. Stanley had been promoted to Stoker 1st class on the 19th July 1917. He returned to Pembroke II until the 27th December 1917, when he was moved to HMS Dido (a depot ship), from where he joined HMS Scott (see Figure 1).
HMS Scott was the first of a new destroyer class built to be flotilla leaders for the V- and W- class destroyers. She was launched on the 18th October 1917, but less than a year after entering service she was sunk off the Dutch coast on the 15th August 1918. It is assumed that a German U-boat torpedoed her, but it is also possible that she hit a mine (the R-class destroyer HMS Ulleswater sank in the same incident). The German submarine U-71 which had been patrolling and mining the area is usually credited with Scott’s sinking. The wreck of HMS Scott lies approximately 20 nautical miles (23 miles) off the Dutch coast, lying upright with the stern in 35 metres (115 ft) of water, and the bow in 28 metres (92 ft).
The Naval records for Stanley record that his widow, Agnes, was informed of his death on the 16th August 1918, and the address on the record is given as 8 Langthorne Street, Stratford (East London).
Stanley is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, which records those members of the Royal Navy who died in WW1 (and WW2) and have no known grave, the majority of deaths having occurred at sea where no permanent memorial could be provided; 8,517 sailors of the First World War are commemorated on the memorial.
Further research in Stanley’s family reveals that his father, Robert Sadler, was born on the 8th August 1865 in Honing, the son of James and Hannah Sadler, and baptised on the 22nd August 1869, in Honing parish church. Robert married Rebecca Bacon in 1893. She was born in Honing in 1872, the daughter of Charles and Mary Bacon. In 1901, Charles and Mary Bacon were living at Raw Hall, Wood Norton; Charles was a farmer. He died in 1901, aged 70, and is buried in Wood Norton. Mary Bacon continued to live at Raw Hall with her son Robert John Bacon and his family. Robert Sadler died in 1922, aged 56, and is buried in Wood Norton. Rebecca Sadler died in 1955, aged 82, in Hoxne, Suffolk, but is buried in Wood Norton.
In the 1911 Census for Tunstead records Robert (a farm labourer) and Rebecca Sadler with nine children:
In the 1911 census, George is aged 16, and a farm labourer.
|19th February 1916, aged 20, Carlton, New York, USA.|
|Fred||14th October 1895, Ridlington.
In the 1911 census, Fred is aged 15, and a farm labourer. Fred married Anna Tebble in July 1916 in Wood Norton (Stanley Sadler was a witness), and he served in WW1.
|1974, aged 79, Essex.|
In the 1911 census, Robert is aged 14, and a farm labourer.
|1912, aged 16.|
|Stanley||19th February 1898, Ridlington.
In the 1911 census, Stanley is aged 13, and a farm labourer.
|15th August 1918, the Dutch coast.|
|Arthur||4th June 1899, Ridlington.
In the 1911 census, Arthur is aged 11, and at school. He served with the Royal Navy in WW1, and married Ivy Alice Pointen in October 1929 in Wood Norton.
|1985, aged 85, Norwich.|
In the 1911 census, Edward is aged 9, and at school. Edward served with the Royal Marine Light Infantry Division in WW1, and emigrated to Australia in 1922.
|1976, aged 75, Australia.|
|Elsie Mary||1903, Salhouse.
In the 1911 census, Elsie is aged 7, and at school. She married George Bacon in 1924.
|1982, aged 79, Suffolk.|
In the 1911 census, Sidney is aged 5. He spent time working in Canada in the 1920s and 1930s.
In the 1911 census, Charles is aged 3.
|1993, aged 85.|
Fred, Arthur and Edward Sadler are all commemorated on the war memorial in All Saints, Wood Norton, which records the servicemen who served and died, as well as those who survived, the WW1 conflict. Stanley Sadler’s name also appears on the war memorial at Bawdeswell, church (approximately 6 miles from Wood Norton), but the link with Bawdeswell is not yet known.
We have been fortunate to be able to contact Stanley Sadler’s relatives, who have provided us with information on the Sadler family, including photographs of Stanley and his wife (see Figure 2), and his Memorial Plaque (see Figure 3).
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