Service Number M/324111
Battalion 15th Siege Battery Ammunition Column
Regiment Royal Army Service Corps
|Acting Sgt||1862||West Riding Div ASC|
|Sgt||3043||4th Battalion Yorks Regiment|
|Sgt||33295||6th Battalion Yorks Regiment|
In 1881, the Tiplady family, Stephen and Elizabeth Tiplady and 5 children were living at 37 Old Road, Holme-upon-Spalding Moor. One year later, on the 28th July 1882, another son, Stephen Tiplady (Jnr) was born in Holme-upon-Spalding Moor. This is the Stephen Tiplady we know to have had later connections with Linton. By 1891, Stephen and Elizabeth, along with some family members (including Stephen Jnr) were living at 93 The Poplars in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. Our next information on Stephen is in the 1901 census when he is a servant working as a horseman at Ingman House in Kirk Deighton.
We have been unable to trace his whereabouts in the 1911 census, but Stephen's military service records from The Great War have survived and we know that he enlisted for service on the 31st August 1914 and gave his address as Linton Springs, Linton.
Stephen's medal roll sheet shows that he had a very varied military career. He enlisted into the White Rose Divisional Army Service Corps in Doncaster, with service number 1862, giving his trade as chauffeur. On the 15th March 1915, he transferred to the 2/1st Yorkshire Hussars before another transfer, on the 12th October 1916, to the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (number 3043). He also served in the 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (number 33295). On the 19th July 1917, he appears to be with the Labour Corps before a final move, on the 13th October 1917, to the Royal Army Service Corps with number M/324111.
During his military career Stephen had a couple of spells in hospital: from the 15th September to 16th October 1915 in the 2nd Northern General Hospital in Leeds, and again in 1916. At that stage, on the 15th December 1916 he was admitted to No. 11 Casualty Clearing Station (then at Varennes, France) from the 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, and 28 Ambulance Train (15th -20th December) suffering with Rheumatic fever, and this must have necessitated a return to England as from 29th December 1916 to 8th February 1917 he was at the Norfolk War Hospital suffering from influenza. Finally while at Ripon Command Centre he was admitted to hospital suffering from rheumatic fever and a double hernia. This latter stay being attributed to exposure in the trenches in December 1916.
Stephen's record unfortunately does not give dates that he served overseas, but it does show that in total he spent about two and a half years in France as an infantryman and motor driver. His entry in the Medical Records for 11 Casualty Clearing Station shows that at that time (Dec 1916) he had served 2 years in the Army (in agreement with his enlistment date above) and that he had been in France for 3 months, suggesting that he first went overseas around Sept-Oct 1916.
Stephen ended the war in the 15th Siege Battery Ammunition Column as a motor transport driver and we know that he was was at Hounslow Barracks as a Heavy Lorry Driver on the 7th November 1917, and that he passed his test as a Heavy Lorry Driver at Isleworth in the Army Service Corps Motor Transport section on the 27th November 1917. Stephen as appointed as an Acting Sergeant on the 28th February 1918 at Bulford camp.
Stephen was demobilised on the 14th April 1919. He returned to Yorkshire and on the 2nd July 1920 he married Edith Riley at All Hallows Church, Leeds.
Stephen Tiplady died in 1944 in Leeds.
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
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