An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Philip Cornelius Harrison STANTON

Cadet, 1st School of Aircraft (Reading),
Royal Air Force.

Born 3 July 1900,
Died 28 October 1918, aged 18 years.

Buried in Brotton Church Cemetery, North Yorkshire,
Grave B. S. W. B. 1.

Only weeks before the end of the war, he died in a military hospital in Reading, a victim of the virulent influenza pandemic that was sweeping the world at that time. He was brought home to Brotton from Reading for burial.

Philip C.H. Stanton was born in Brotton on 3 July 1900. His parents were Philip John Harrison Stanton and Dora Harrison Stanton and they had six children, four girls and two boys. Philip Cornelius Harrison Stanton was their third child and elder son. Philip’s father was a mining engineer, originally from Newcastle, and they lived at Hunley House, Brotton. The 1911 Census records Philip as aged ten and being ‘at school’ at that time. His name is not in the available school Registers. Given his age he could well be in the Register for 1915 to 1919, which is missing from the series at the time of writing.