Boote, Stephen Henry

Stephen Henry’s parents, Walter Boote and Annie Groom married at St. Alban’s Church, Tattenhall, Cheshire in 1886. (West Cheshire CE45/1/241)

Stephen first appeared on a census in 1891  when the family was  living at Mold Junction, (which was in the Ecclesastical Parish of Hawarden and the Civil Parish of Saltney). Walter Boote was 30 and had been born in Tattenhall, Cheshire.   He was a Railway Platelayer and had obviously moved with his job as their first son, Frederick W. Boote, was born in Denbigh, Denbighshire.  Stephen Henry Boote who was 1 had been born in Saltney, Flintshire. Walter’s wife Anne was 31 and had been born in Norbury, Cheshire.

Stephen Henry Boote and his family have not yet been located in the 1901 census.  He would have  been 11.

On the1911 census, however, Stephen was 21 and was working as a Footman in Wolverhampton  at The Terrace, Oaken, Wolverhampton. This was the home of Major Charles Mayall who was once with the Royal Artillery. (Possibly influenced Stephen’s choice of regiment?)

I believe he married in 1915 to Eveline May Rouse at St. Paul’s Church, Chester (Cheshire West, CE16/3/45 ) and it is possible that a son Stephen Henry Boote was born in 1915 to the couple, but the certificates would have to be purchased to confirm.  He was born in the June Qtr (Volume: 8a, Page: 444) and they married in the March Qtr of 1915.

There is an index card for Stephen in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. It gives the address  Ked House Cottage, Hawarden   Written on his card by the person who signed it was,  Special Remarks – “His Major wrote us to say he was a very promising soldier and was much missed”.   He died of his wounds received in action Salonica  17th May 1917.  The card  was signed by W. Boote on  October 13th 1919.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 about Stephen Henry Boote ( tell us that he enlisted in Chester and was formerly 3297, 143Rd Ashton-Under-Lyne H.B., R.G.A.  (However on his Medal Card the number is 3397)

Stephen Henry is also remembered on one of the two War Memorials that cover Broughton/Bretton.   The smaller one which was in the old Broughton Chapel in the Warren only has 10 names on and was found recently and restored, full story on the Broughton webpage.   Stephen Henry’s name, I believe, is on that as Harry Boote.   Please click on the link to read the story of the plaque.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Hawarden Memorial

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