|C. P. C STENTIFORD
24211151 Private Charles Philip Cyril Stentiford of the Devon and Dorset Regiment. Son of Charles and Gladys Stentiford of Cheriton Fitzpaine. Born in Cheriton in the September Quarter of 1953. Blown up by a landmine 21. 01 1972, while on patrol in Derrynoose, Southern Armagh, Northern Ireland, aged 18. Buried in the Cemetery at Stockleigh.
It was during one of the coldest winters ever known in Devon that news broke of Philip Stentiford's death. Everything else - ice, snow drifts, blocked roads, burst pipes- was swept out of mind, and off the front pages of the local newspapers, by this incident. He was one of the youngest soldiers ever to be killed in the conflict in Northern Ireland and came from a loving family living in a close-knit village. It had always been his ambition to join the army and he had chosen the Devon and Dorset Regiment to follow in his father's footsteps. He was the youngest son, one of seven children.