Unit: 75th Battalion
Date of Birth: 7 July 1898
Age at Death: 19
Date of Death: 3 September 1917
Service Number: 1024057
Reference: II. A. 18.
Stephen was born in Oare, Kent in July 1898 to Stephen Israel Rogers and Lucy Arnold. Stephen Jnr was one of nine children born to the couple.
At the time of the 1901 census, the Rogers family resided at Oare Street, Oare, Faversham, Kent. Head of the house was 33 year old Faversham, Kent native Stephen Israel Rogers who was employed as a Bricklayers Labourer. Stephen (senior) had been one of the eight Rogers children who had emigrated to Canada with their 42 year old mother Lucy Rogers, who was a native of Ospringe, Faversham, Kent.
Lucy and her children sailed Liverpool, Lancashire, onboard the 11,419 Allen Line ship “Corsican” to join Stephen Israel Rogers in Canada, where he was employed as a Railway Labourer. The “Corsican” arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on 30 March 1911.Prior to enlisting Stephen had been employed by Heintzman & Co. Ltd. Piano Manufacturers at their Toronto factory.
When Stephen enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at West Toronto, Canada on 25 April 1916, he stated that he resided at 24 Uxbridge Avenue, Toronto and named his father Stephen Israel Rogers as his next of kin. His Attestation Papers describe him as being 5 feet 3 inches tall; with a 33 inch chest, fair complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.
On the completion of his training in Canada, Stephen went overseas in April 1917.
Prior to his death, Stephen’s younger brother Jesse also served in the 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment).
Even Stephen’s father, Stephen Israel Rogers enlisted at Toronto on 6 April 1915 – aged 46 – and subsequently served in one of the Construction Battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.