25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment


 Charles Albert STOCK

 Charles Albert Stock was born on the 25 Nov 1888 in Slougham, Susses, the son of Albert Stock, a butler, and Elizabeth Sarah (nee Wybrow).

He was a talented young cyclist and member of the Polytechnic Cycling Club (now the University of Westminster), joining in 1908. A year later he joined the London Territorial Sports. This would indicate that he had joined the Territorial Army. The Polytechnic Archives show he was on the Roll-Call in 1914 as a Corporal in the ‘25th County of London, 2nd Batt’. Being a cyclist it is most likely the 2/25th Londons was the initial battalion that he joined in about 1908/9.

On the 1st Dec 1915 a large draft of the 2/25th were transferred to the 1/25th Bn., and he was subsequently posted to India in May 1916. His medal card shows that he served in a Theatre of War in May 1917, this being the Waziristan campaign against the Mahsuds on the North West Frontier.

He was Commissioned into the Indian Army on the 7th June 1918. He was demobbed on the 25 Oct 1919.

In the 1911 census his occupation was Shorthand typist.

Soon after the War Charles Albert, married Teresa Eta Agnes Scott, (known as “Trixie”) from County Galway, Ireland. They had two daughters: Irene and Marjorie, and eventually, eleven grandchildren. His first wife died in childbirth in 1925, whereupon her sister Bridget Honoria (a nurse; known as “Ciss”) came to help and devoted her life to bring up his two daughters. In 1928, he married Bridget and by all accounts, they had a very happy marriage. He died at home peacefully in his sleep following a heart attack: September 12th, 1961 and is buried at Seaford Cemetery, East Sussex, England.

Charles is on the bike.


Charles is 3rd from the right in the front row.
(Courtesy of the University of Westminster Archives - PCC/11/3/38)

(Courtesy of the University of Westminster Archives - PCC/10/2)

(Courtesy of the University of Westminster Archives)
Ref :- PCC/10/2/189- https://westminster-atom.arkivum.net/index.php/pcc-10-2-189. 

Acknowledgements and thanks to Andrew Morley for information and photos of his grandfather.

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