|George Maitland Stapley|
Laurence D'Arcy Stapley was born in Darnley Road, Tottenham, London in 1892 and baptised on 27th November of that year. His father, George Maitland Stapley (1853-1929) was born in Holloway, Islington, North London. George was married to Lucy Jane (nee' Strangeways) and their children were Cecil (b.1886), Edward (1887-1976), Laurence (1892), Lucie, John (1895-1970) and Raymond (b.1905).
|Lucy Jane Stapley|
George was a clerk with an East India Merchants and the family moved around a lot - from Darnley Road they went to Reighton Road, Hackney, then to 21 Valentines Road, Ilford and by 1914 they were at 18 Coventry Road, also in Ilford. Sometime early in the war they moved to 37 Preston Road, Westcliff on Sea, where they became members of the the congregation of St.Alban's Church.
George's son, Laurence D'Arcy, who worked as a bank clerk but whose ambition was to train as a missionary, volunteered for the Rifle Brigade and was later commisioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in The Suffolk Regiment and served in the 7th (Volunteer) Battalion. He was killed at The Somme on 12 October 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument.
|Laurence D'Arcy Stapley|