Service Number: 5735
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Arnold, Nottingham, England, 1889
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Council School. Daybrook, Notts, England
Occupation: Wheeler/ Banksman in Coal Pit/Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Flers, France, 28 December 1916
Cemetery: Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers
Grave I. B. 31.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5735, 3rd Infantry Battalion
3 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5735, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Jun 1889  Stevenson Jesse Basford 7b 241
Births Dec 1889  Stevenson Jesse Basford 7b 159

He was the eldest son of Jesse and Emma Stevenson [née Whitehead] of 72 St Albans Road, Arnold, Nottingham, the family having previously lived at Morris Street, Arnold. Jesse senior was born in 1855 at Redhill and worked as an agricultural labourer, while his wife Emma was born in 1857 in Arnold. They were married in 1887; the marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration district. They had the following children all of whom were born in Arnold:

Clara b1888, Jesse b1889, Emma b1891, Alice b1892 and George Arthur b1894. In 1911 the family was living at 72 St Albans Road, Arnold and were shown as Jesse 56 years a pit banksman; he is living with his wife Emma 55 years and their children Clara 22 years a chevenor in the hosiery trade, Jesse 21 years, a pit banksman, Emma 20 years a blouse factory machinist, Alice 19 years, also a blouse factory machinist and George Arthur 17 years, an unemployed laundry worker. Jesse emigrated to Australia from the Port of London on 13th February 1914 aboard Orsova of the Orient Line recorded on the passenger list as a twenty four year old miner.

Jesse  had seen previous military service in the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters whilst living in England. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in Australia where he joined the 3rd Battalion Australian Imperial Force, he was killed in action on 28th December 1916 in the Flers area by enemy fire on the trench in which he was on duty.

Death notification published 16th January 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- 'STEVENSON. – Killed in action, December 28th, with the Australian Forces, Private J. Stevenson, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Stevenson, St. Alban's-road, Arnold, aged 27. - From his sorrowing father, mother, brother, and sisters.”

In the UK he is remembered on the:

Redhill - Cemetery War Memorial

Arnold - Arnold and Daybrook War Memorial

Arnold - St Mary's Church War Memorial

Daybrook - Daybrook Baptist Church War Memorial