Victor Stentiford's story

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I have now met with one of Thomas's sons - Victor Stentiford - and have had a good chat. Thomas was the son of Henry Stentiford who, in his turn, was one of the few surviving children of William Stentiford and Elizabeth May of Chawleigh. Some details about this family details appeared in Issue 2.


Thomas Stentiford met his wife while home on leave from the Army during the First World War when he paid a visit to the Victoria Palace Theatre in London and met his future bride in a queue for the show. The young lady was Doris Jessie Winch and they were married in 1919 at Brixton Church in London.


Victor told me that he was born in 1920 and, that had he been a girl, his parents had planned to call him "Victoria" to remind them of the day they met in the queue at Victoria. Two other sons followed to complete the family of Thomas and Doris Stentiford.


Tom and Doris moved to Chichester in 1926 and then to a number of locations around the Sussex area wherever Thomas could find work as a blacksmith.

Victoria Palace Theatre

Victoria Palace Theatre

Used by kind permission of Matthew Lloyd

His site - is well worth a visit


Victor Stentiford

Following in his father's footsteps. Victor was also in the Army during the second World War and served in several theatres of operation. He was only too pleased to show me his medals which included the Defence and Victory medals, the 1939-45 Star and another which was possibly the Italy Star, and a silver medal for service in Palestine between 1945 and 1948. This was inscribed with his name and number - 14507827 SPR. V.Stentiford.

Victor Stentiford

Royal Engineers

Palestine 1945

Eighty four years young with his memory still razor-sharp - no wonder I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Victor's home. I should like to thank him for his time and for his valuable contribution to the history of the Stentifords.

The Defence Medal

The Victory Medal


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