To the Editor of the Reporter.
"Sir, a few months ago you very kindly published an account in the Reporter of my brother, Private 1428 STANLEY H. STEPHENS, of the 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment, Ashton Territorials, who was drafted from Egypt to Gallipoli, and subsequently reported missing after a bayonet charge on June 18th, 1915. As a result of the circumstances being published in your valuable paper I have received a letter from Private JOHN EASTWOOD, also of the 1/9th Batt., which I enclose for publication, as we have had our letters of thanks to Private EASTWOOD returned through the War Office, and have no other means of expressing our gratitide for his information other than through the Press. I also wish to tender you personally the sincere appreciation of the whole family, including myself, for permitting the case of Private STEPHENS a space in the Reporter. If I may further trespass on your generosity in this matter, I should be deeply grateful if you will publish the above, also copy of a letter from King Alfonso to Private C.W. STEPHENS, Snr., in response to enquiries made to his Spanish Majesty. Again thanking you, believe me, yours faithfully, J.C. Stephens, 254, Higher King Street, Dukinfield."
The letter from Private EASTWOOD is as follows : "Dear Sir, I am writing you a few lines concerning your brother, 1428 Private STANLEY STEPHENS. He was a pal of mine. I met him in Ashton Empire when we were mobilised 14 months ago. He was in the same platoon as me in Egypt, and well liked by his mates. On June 18th our company were ordered to take a Turkish trench. Private STEPHENS, Private MARLAND, Private 1119 BORSEY, and I were in the same traverse. STANLEY was ill at the time, and the last words we heard him say were: "I shall not be able to run I feel too bad, but I'm not going to shirk it, I can walk there." At 7.30 we charged, Private STEPHENS with us, but we were forced to retire with heavy losses. Private BORSEY and I landed back, BORSEY being wounded. As for MARLAND (drummer) and STEPHENS we never saw them again. MARLAND, who lives in Littlemoss, is supposed to be a prisoner in Constantinople. I saw your letter in the Reporter, so I thought it my duty to write. Yours truly, Private JOHN EASTWOOD." The following letter was also received by Mr. Stephens.
Palacio Read de Madrid. Sir, I am ordered by his Majesty the King, my august sovereign, to answer your letter petitioning H.M. to cause inquiries to be made in Berlin with regard to Mr. STANLEY H. STEPHENS (your son). Although his Majesty's Embassy in Berlin is charged only with the interests of France and Russia, H.M. being desrious nevertheless of demonstrating his interest in British subjects, has graciously acceded to your request, and has commanded the Spanish Ambassador in Berlin to communicate with Great Britain's representative there, the United States Ambassador, in order that in conjunction with the latter the necessary investigations may be made. His Majesty earnestly hopes that these inquiries may be the means of procuring satisfactory information for you. The same information is required from the Spanish Minister in Constantinople."