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Stephenson, Joseph Eric
1914-1944

Footballer, born to Joseph and Fanny Stephenson at Bexley Heath on 17 September 1914. He attended Tom Hood School, Leytonstone and went on to represent both Leytonstone and London at football. When his father moved to Leeds for work, his son found employment at a dry cleanerís there. An inside left, he signed for Leeds United in 1933 as an amateur, and turned professional in 1935; his debut was a home game against Portsmouth on 2 March 1933. He twice played for England in 1938. By 1941 he was a major with the Gurkha Rifles and he died on active service in Burma on 8 September 1944. A memorial window by Clockie of Belfast was installed in 1948 at Lidgett Park Methodist Church, Leeds, which he attended. His younger brother Ernest F. Stephenson of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps had also been killed in action, on 27 August 1943 . There are memorials to the two sons on the family grave in St Johnís churchyard, Roundhay, Leeds.

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Jan Rippin, The Happy Warrior (2014)

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