Herbert John Stenhouse

In loving memory of Herbert John Stenhouse, M.T., A.S.C., late Captain 15th H.L.I., accidentally killed on service 26th Dec. 1915, aged 30; and his father William Stenhouse beloved husband of Fanny Lawson born 4th May 1850, died 10th April 1935; also his mother Fanny Lawson wife of William Stenhouse born 27th March 1860, died 11th May 1937

CWGC: Private H. J. Stenhouse, Royal Army Service Corps, d. 26 Dec. 1915;  Y 48

Herbert John Stenhouse was born in Partick, Glasgow, in 1885, the elder son of William Stenhouse, a wine merchant from Jedburgh, and his wife Fanny Lawson, who was born in Edinburgh.  The family were in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, in 1891, but moved to Edinburgh in time for Herbert to attend George Watson’s College from 1899.  

Herbert followed his father into business as a wholesale wine and spirit merchant.  He was also actively involved in the Queen’s Rifle Volunteer Brigade, the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), being appointed a 2nd Lieutenant (Supernumerary) in 1903.  When war broke out he was appointed a Temporary Captain in the 1st Glasgow Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry and served with them until August 1915.  

In October 1915 he enlisted as a private in the Mechanical Transport Battalion of the Army Service Corps giving his “Trade or Calling” on his enlistment form as Motor Driver.  At the time of his death on 26 December 1915 he was attached to the 35th Anti-Aircraft Detachment.  He died in the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, as a result of injuries received while on duty in a collision between a motor cycle and a motor car.

The Watsonian War Record, 1914-1918

The Scotsman, Tuesday, 4 January 1916