Bank: Manchester & County Bank
Place of work: Stockport branch
Died: 21 March 1918
Douglas Buchanan Stephenson was born on 19 December 1890, the son of Claud and Stella Stephenson. He was educated at Stockport Grammar School. In September 1906 he went to work for Manchester & County Bank.
Outside work Stephenson was a territorial soldier, a member of the Manchester Regiment. He was mobilised at the outbreak of war in August 1914, leaving his job at the bank's Stockport branch to go on active service. He served as an officer in Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine and France. His only brother, Claud, was killed in action in Salonika in November 1916, while serving in the Cheshire Regiment.
In February 1917 Stephenson was awarded the Military Cross for his actions while leading a raiding party. Finding a place where the barbed wire had not been cut, he lay on the strands so that his men could cross them.
Captain Stephenson was killed in action on the Somme on 21 March 1918. He was 27 years old.
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