Born on October 28, 1895 in Seaforth, Ontario to Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Stokes. On enlistment he gave his occupation as “turner” and his current address as Goderich, Ontario. He enlisted at the age of 19 on December 30, 1915 at Goderich with the 161st Huron Battalion and arrived in England on November 11, 1916 aboard the SS Lapland. After arriving in England the unit was posted to Witley and in February 1918 he was transferred to the 18th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario Regiment and served in France until the end of the war. Lance Corporal Stokes was discharged on May 27, 1919 and returned to Goderich where he married his wife, Mary Myrtle.