Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Lieutenant Michael George Stocks, 2nd Battalion, the Grenadier Guards, was killed in action near Ypres.
Lieutenant Stocks’ family made their fortune with three hundred years of mining and a brewing empire. His two grandfathers were renowned military men, his paternal grandfather Major Michael Stocks having fought at the Battle of Balaclava – to show gratitude for his safe return, the family built St. Mary’s church in Halifax.
Educated at Eton, Lieutenant Stocks attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, and received his commission in February of 1912. He saw action at the Battles of Mons, Landrecies, the Marne and the Aisne, and was killed in the trenches during the First Battle of Ypres. Lieutenant Stocks is buried in the Zillebeke Churchyard at West-Vlaanderen in Belgium, and is remembered on the memorials at the Halifax Town Hall, St. John the Baptist church in Coley, and St. Mary’s Church in Halifax.
Michael, of Upper Shibden Hall in Yorkshire, was 21 years old.