William Edgar Stedman (please help for daughter to research dad) ww2 Burma ? Sussex ?

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  1. arantxa1967

    arantxa1967 Member

    im trying to trace the above chap for his daughter he was born 28th Aprill 1916 in Brixton and they lived in Eastbourne..she tells me she thinks he was at the TA barracks and went to Burma..the TA barracks is Sussex and Royal engineers his father was William stevens Stedman
    Any help would be great

    Thank you
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    1939 England and Wales Register
    Name: William E Stedman
    Gender: Male
    Marital status: Married
    Birth Date: 28 Apr 1916
    Residence Year: 1939
    Address: 26 Havelock Rd
    Residence Place: Eastbourne, Sussex, England
    Occupation: Carpenter & joinery
    Schedule Number: 174
    Sub Schedule Number: 3
    Enumeration District: EHAZ
    Registration district: 71/1
    Inferred Spouse: Edna M Stedman
    Household Members:
    Edward C M Willett
    Ellen E Willett
    William E Stedman
    Edna M Stedman

    Probably him
    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: William E Stedman
    Death Age: 45
    Birth Date: abt 1916
    Registration Date: Jul 1961
    [Aug 1961]
    [Sep 1961]
    Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration district: Eastbourne
    Inferred County: Sussex
    Volume: 5h
    Page: 240


    England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995
    Name: William Edgar Stedman
    Death Date: 28 Aug 1961
    Death Place: Eastbourne
    Probate Date: 22 Sep 1961
    Probate Registry: Lewes
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  4. arantxa1967

    arantxa1967 Member

    I have these....im on Ancestry but they don't seem to have ww2 records so not sure what I do next

    thank you

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  5. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    There is no shortcut to getting a man’s WW2 service record from the internet via Ancestry/FMP as they are still held by MOD.

    As you have the death certificate you just need to follow Clive’s above advice and submit an application to MOD.

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  6. travers1940

    travers1940 Active Member


    His unit could have been 208th Field Company Royal Engineers, which seemed to be Eastbourne based.

    A book was written in 1972 (digitised 2006) by the committee of 208th Field Coy. R.E called:

    Sussex sappers: a history of the Sussex Volunteer and Territorial Army Royal Engineer units from 1890 to 1967

    The 208th were in the order of battle for the British Army in France on 10th May 1940, so William Stedman may have been a pre-war TA soldier, who was mobilised in September 1939.

    A link to war memories of Laurie Dorrins, (with stories of Eastbourne) a member of 208th Field Coy RE in 1939.

    BBC - WW2 People's War - Laurie Dorrins' Story: part 1 - War

    The unit have a war memorial at
    All Souls Church, Susans Road, Eastbourne, which shows they were part of 2nd British Division, fought in Flanders 1939-40, Kohima 1944 & Burma 1944.

    208 Field Company Royal Engineers 2nd British Division WW2

    Seems also there was in 2008 an Eastbourne branch of the Royal Engineers Association.

  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    That is why his service records are vital, they will confirm or deny what you think

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