Stephen Self

Lance Corporal

Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) 3667 & 241165  

Derbyshire Times May 1917

Sphoto of Stephen Self

Derbyshire Times December 1932

Stephen Self in 1932

Notes
Stephen's father - Stephen Self, Sr (1855-1957) - had three sons listed on the First World War 'Roll of Honour' inside Crich Parish Church: Charles Self (1881-1963); Joseph Self (1889-1984); and Stephen Self, Jr (1891-1932). Stephen's father relocated to Crich from his native Suffolk as a young man during the 1870s and worked as a gardener at Chase Cliffe for thirty years, until 1903. He then worked as a gardener for Mrs Shore Nightingale at Lea Hurst, then later as a roadman for Belper Rural District Council. For many years the family lived at Crich Carr, then later at Robin Hood, Whatstandwell. The Self family were particularly notable for their longevity. Stephen Self, Sr passed away at Crich in 1957, aged 102. Of his twelve children, a son and three daughters passed the age of 90, and two of the daughters - Emma and Ellen (Nellie) -  lived to 105 and 104, respectively. Also notable for longevity are Stephen Sr's older sister, Maria Daniel (passed away in Surrey in 1954, aged 100); their father, Charles Self (passed away in Suffolk in 1917, aged 93); and their grandfather, Stephen Self (passed away in Suffolk in 1875, aged 97). Sadly, Stephen Self, Jr, did not inherit this longevity: he passed away in Kent in 1932, aged only 41.

Stephen Self senior

Stephen Self Senior (1855–1957)
Stephen was born in 1892. Before the war he worked at Lea Mills, and then as a miner. He enlisted in January 1915 and entered France in October 1915, and then two years later, he was wounded and hospitalised. He was discharged with the Silver War Badge in May 1918 and went on to work at the Woolwich Arsenal as a shell inspector..

Derbyshire Times, 19 May 1917
Mr and Mrs Stephen Self of Whatstandwell have received the news that their youngest son Lance Corporal S. Self of the Sherwoods, was wounded on the 25th ult by the bursting of a shell from which he received a compound fracture of the right arm and a wound on the left side to the neck. He is now in hospital at Chatham. Previous to enlisting he worked as a miner at Staveley where he enlisted in January 1915 and has seen nearly two year’s service at the front. He is single 34 years of age, and a native of Whatstandwell.

Derbyshire Times, 3 December 1932
MR STEPHEN SELF
Death of Whatstandwell man in Kent
There passed away at 77, Lovel Avenue, Welling, Kent, on November 21st a member of a well-known Derbyshire family, Mr Stephen Self (41), son of Mr and Mrs Self, Robin Hood, Whatstandwell. The deceased joined the Notts and Derbyshire Regiment in Chesterfield soon after the outbreak of war, and was badly wounded in 1916. He had been employed at Woolwich Arsenal as a shell inspector since 1918. He leaves a widow and two children. The funeral took place at East Wickham churchyard on Thursday week. Those present included: – the widow (Mrs May Self); Mr and Mrs Charles Self (brother and sister-in-law); Mrs Ludlum and Mrs Dale (sisters); Mr Wilfred Self (nephew); Miss Rose Gray (sister-in-law); Miss Ellen Farrow (aunt). Mr Benge and Mr McMenamin represented the staff and employees at Woolwich Arsenal. The Rev F Smith officiated.
Flowers was sent by: – Mrs May Self; Joyce and Hazel; Father and Mother, Whatstandwell; Mr and Mrs C Self, Chesterfield; Mr and Mrs J Dale, Youlgrave; Mr and Mrs Ludlum; Betty and Harriet; Maggie and children; nephew Francis; Mr and Mrs Gray, Norfolk; Rose, Agnes and George, Norfolk; all at Northreep and Roughton; Aunty Ellen, Aunt Ada and Amy; Mr Fred and Chas Whitmore; neighbours; workmates at Woolwich Arsenal.
A memorial service was held in Crich Parish Church on Sunday.

Stephen's father Stephen Self Senior (1855-1957), was father of the three Self brothers listed on the First World War 'Roll of Honour' inside Crich Parish Church: Charles Self (1881-1963); Joseph Self (1889-1984); and Stephen Self Jr (1891-1932). Mr Self relocated to Crich from his native Suffolk as a young man during the 1870s and worked as a gardener at Chase Cliffe for thirty years, until 1903. He then worked as a gardener for Mrs Shore Nightingale at Lea Hurst, then as a roadman for Belper Rural District Council. For many years the family lived at Crich Carr, then later at Robin Hood, Whatstandwell. The Self family were particularly notable for their longevity. Stephen Self Snr. passed away at Crich in 1957, aged 102. Of his twelve children, a son and two daughters passed the age of 90, and one of these daughters lived to 104. Another daughter, Emma Self, was employed as a governess and emigrated to Australia during the 1920s. Also notable for longevity are Stephen's older sister, Maria Daniel (passed away in Surrey in 1954, aged 100); their father, Charles Self (passed away in Suffolk in 1917, aged 93); and their grandfather, Stephen Self (passed away in Suffolk in 1875, aged 97). Sadly Stephen Self Junior did not inherit this longevity dying aged forty-one.

Photo Courtesy Hazel McLaughlin

Stephen Self senior

Stephen Self Senior (1855–1957)

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals along with the Silver War Badge.
He entered France 28/10/15

Silver War Badge
L/Cprl 241165, Bdge 393866, enlisted 15/1/15 discharged 22/5/18


CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Stephen Self Head 47 Gardener, domestic Suffolk
Sarah Self wife 42   Crich
Charles Self son 20   Crich Carr
Mary Ann Self daughter 18 Hosiery mending room Crich Carr
Emma Self daughter 16 Hosiery mending room Crich Carr
John Self son 15 Labourer Crich Carr
Samuel Self son 13 Fish dealer Crich Carr
Joseph Self son 12 School Crich Carr
Harriet Self daughter 11 School Crich Carr
Stephen Self son 9 School Crich Carr
Elizabeth Self daughter 7 School Crich Carr
Ellen Self daughter 6 School Crich Carr

RG13 piece 3231 folio 47 page 13

1911: Chatsworth Road, Brampton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Stephen Self Head 58 Gardener Swifling, Suffolk
Sarah Self wife 53   Crich
Joseph Self son 22 Gardener Crich Carr
Harriet Self daughter 21 Frame hand bitter, Lea Mills Crich Carr
Stephen Self son 19 Wool ?, Lea Mills Crich Carr
Ellen Self daughter 16 Drapery Assistant Crich Carr

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