William Stockton (1897 - 1918)

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William Stockton
1897 - 1918
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c. 1897
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March 31, 1918
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William Stockton was born c. 1897. He died on March 31, 1918 at age 21.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 21311
Rank: Private
Regiment: King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Unit/ship/squadron: b Coy. 1st Bn.

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William Stockton passed away on March 31, 1918 at 21 years old. He was buried in Soignies (zinnik) Communal Cemetery Ii. B. 5., Belgium. He was born c. 1897. There is no information about William's immediate family.

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In 1897, in the year that William Stockton was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1900, by the time he was just 3 years old, the unemployment rate in the U.S. was 5.0% and the cost of a first-class stamp was $0.02. 31% of all workers were employed in the public service sector, 19% of women were employed (1 percent of all lawyers and 6 percent of physicians were women), 6% of the workforce were children, and 14% of the workforce was "non-white."

In 1907, he was only 10 years old when in October, over a 3 week period, the New York stock exchange fell almost 50% from the previous year's high mark. Public panic ensued and there were runs on banks since the U.S. was in the middle of a recession. J.P. Morgan offered his own fortune to back the banks and he was followed by other financiers. This temporarily shored up the banking system, stopping the immediate panic. All of this led to the creation of the Federal Reserve.

In 1918, in the year of William Stockton's passing, on November 1, an elevated train on the Brooklyn line of the subway - driven by an inexperienced operator because of a strike - tried to navigate a turn at 30mph. The limit on the curve was 6 mph. The 2nd and 3rd cars of the 5 car wooden train were badly damaged and at least 93 people were killed, making it the deadliest crash in New York subway history.

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