Stephanus was born in Modbury on 7 November 1879, the youngest of 12 children ( 5 sons) of Samuel and Elizabeth Shute of Brownston village.
He was a son of Samuel and Elizabeth Shute and lived in Loddiswell and he attended Modbury School in 1892. He married Lily Maud, 1 Lyn Cliff Cottage, Watersmeet Rd, Lynmouth and had 2 sons and a daughter. Resident in Loddiswell in 1911, he was working as a carpenter.
He is mentioned in the Kingsbridge Gazette following a charge of stealing a chicken from Coombe farm, Loddiswell valued at 2/6d (12p). He was sentenced to 1 month in prison with hard labour.
Enlisting in Exeter, Stephanus initially joined the Royal Marines in August 1915 but when he was killed by a shell in France he was listed as serving in the Army as a Corporal in the 134 AT Company, Royal Engineers.
He was killed on 1st August 1916, aged 37, and is buried in the Dartmoor Cemetry, Becordel-Becourt, Somme. His name is also listed on the Loddiswell War Memorial.
|Born:||7 Nov 1878|
|Address:||Resident in Loddiswell|
|Next of Kin:||Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Shute; husband of Lily Shute, 1 Lyn Cliff Cottage, Watersmeet Rd, Lynmouth. 2 sons, Samuel (b.1 907), Silvanus (b. 1909) and a daughter Vera (b. March 1911).|
|Unit||134 AT Company, Royal Engineers|
|Died On:||1st August 1916|
|Where Buried:||Dartmoor Cemetry, Becordel-Becourt, Somme. Ref 1.F.67|
|Remarks||Modbury School 1892|