OXLADE, Stanley

2nd Lieutenant, Stanley OXLADE
Aged 36

Commissariat & Transport, Army Service Corps
formerly M2/192861, Private, Army Service Corps
Lost at Sea on Friday, 4th May 1917

Stanley Oxlade, born in Surbiton, Surrey, (Kingston Q1-1882 2A:334), baptised in Surbiton on 25th March 1882, son of Robert J. and Rosa Hannah Read OXLADE (née MILNER).

1891 census...Aged 9, he was a pupil at St Mary's College, Back Street, Harlow, Essex. At Oak Lodge, Victoria Road, Kingston were his father Robert OXLADE [57] wine merchant born Cookham, his mother Rosa [40] [40] born Molesey, Surrey; his sisters Margaret [19] born Southsea and Jeannie [18] born Surbiton, brother Charles [14] born Surbiton sisters Helen [13], Ethel [6] Gladys [3] and Mary [1]and brother Leslie Vaughan [5 months] all born in Surbiton.

Believed to have attended St.Mary's College, Harlow, Essex.

1901 census...Aged 19, a whiskey merchant's clerk he, with his brother Cecil,(architect's assistant) was visiting the family of his grandmother, Mary MILNER at Place Road, East Moseley, Kingston, Surrey. His widowed mother was at 17 Exeter Road, Willesden with his sisters Ethel Rose, Gladys Hilda and Mary Ella and brothers Leslie and Gerald Victor [9] born Surbiton. His father apparently died (aged 65) in 1894 in Devon.

1911 census...Aged 29, a whiskey distiller's representative, he was at 38 Genesta Road, Westcliff, Southend on Sea with his widowed mother Rose; brother Leslie (accountant) and sisters Ethel, Gladys and Mary.
He married Beryl MARCHE in Williton, Somerset in 1915, later of 40A Leinster Square, Bayswater, London.
Probate gives his address as "of Mildenhall (believed to be The Bungalow, Barton Mills) and of Claremont 110 Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire."
The Bungalow, BartonMills was purchased by Henry John Wilson OXLADE from the 1899/1900 Ideal Home Exhibition.

His brother Gerald Victor (1892-1919) emigrated to Australia, joined the Australian Army in 1914 and was discharged, after protracted spells of illness in France, on 28th August 1918 and died in Australia on 3rd August 1919. His brochitis was documented as due to his military service. The Australian archives have 103 pages of Gerald's military records, but thanks to the Luftwaffe, there are no UK records for Stanley.

His cousin Charles (son of father's brother by grandfather's first wife), a captain in the Gurkha Rifles was killed in Burma in 1944. see here

Stanley with his young nephew in Barton Mills in 1901 courtesy of David Oxlade

On 4th May 1917, the Hired Transport "Transylvania", en route to Salonika with reinforcements, was torpedoed and sunk on May 4, 1917 by the German U-boat U-63 at 44:15 N - 8:30 E, off Cape Vado, a few kilometres south of Savona, Italy. The first torpedo struck at 10 am and 20 minutes later, while the SS Matsu was taking on board troops from the Transylvania, a second torpedo was fired at the Matsu which went astern and the torpedo passed her and struck the Transdylvania which sunk immediately with the loss of 412 lives. The bodies recovered at Savona were buried two days later, from the Hospital of San Paulo, in a special plot in the town cemetery. Others are buried elsewhere in Italy, France, Monaco and Spain.

Stanley Oxlade is commemorated on the Savona Memorial, Italy

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details