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Stearns Eric Gordon
4th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
25 march 1895 , Hornsey
6 august 1915
Son of Thomas R. Stearns of Lansdowne , Woodridings , Hatch End , Middlesex
Educated at St. John's College and Lower School , Harrow.
Was a clerk in the Sun Insurance Office.
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot I , Row A , Stone 2
6 april 1915
6 august 1915
Joined the Artists' Rifles (28th London Regiment)
Volunteered for foreign service on the outbreak of war.
Went with his regiment to France.
He was given a commission as Second Lieutenant and posted to the Royal Fusiliers.
Died of wounds at Abeele received in the Salient while in charge of a party digging a new trench.
His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sweny W.F. wrote : " I have seen enough of you son to realise what a useful and cool officer he was."
Sergeant F.H. Smith : " Mr. Stearns was almost worshipped by the men inder his command;they would have followed him anywhere,for they knew he was a man. He had not an atom of fear in him , and he had Always a smile and a cheery word for everybody. I do not think anybody could be more liked and respected than he was."
Private W.H. Leighton : " The bullet caught him just above the hip and passed upwards. We did everything we possibly could but all in vain,worse luck. He bore it extremely well, as he Always sis everything being a very brave officer and one whom the men had the greatest confidence in and would have followed him anywhere."