IRA photo of F Coy, identified as Major Stokes of Secret Service
1892 Apr/Jun Born at Dartford, Kent
1901 census Living with his father Ernest, a schoolmaster at 4 Warren Cottages, Southfleet, Dartford, Kent
1910 census - cannot be found
1914 Dec 4. RFA. The undermentioned Cadets and ex- Cadets of the Officers Training Corps to be temporary Second Lieutenants. Leslie Eric Sheldon Stokes. His MIC shows 115 Brigade Ammunition Column,
1915 Sept 15. To be temp Captain
1915 Sep 18 Lands in France
1918 Jun 29 Marries Mavis Kathleen Macartney
1919 Mar 18. In Salonica
1919 Jun 17. Temp. Capt. L. E. S. Stokes, O.B.E., to be acting. Major whilst commanding a Divisional Ammunition Column, from 17th June 1919 to 17th Jan. 1920.
1920 Jan 18. The undermentioned relinquish their commission completion of service: Temp. Capts., and are granted the rank of Maj. : L. E. S. Stokes, O.B.E.
1920 Aug 16. Major L E S Stokes OBE late RFA is gazetted as specially employed. Maj. L. E. S. Stokes, O.B.E.; late R.F.A., to be temp. Maj. whilst specially empld. 16th Aug. 1920. On same list is 2nd Lt. T.S. Leeming, late Service Bn., Royal W. Kent. Regt., to be temp. 2nd Lt. while specially employed 16 Aug 1920
Major Stokes comes up a number of times in Dwyer's "The Squad"
One of the extra men on Boyds letter
1921 Apr 1. Relinquishes his commission
1922 Gets OBE
1941 Mar 11. L E S Stokes died. Service no 49039. CWGC shows him as a Major in 53 Heavy Regt, age 47 and son of Ernest James Stokes and Frances Stokes, of Southfleet; husband of Olive M. Stokes, of Whittington, Shropshire.
Dublin Castle Intelligence