Stainton, Walter Adam


He was the younger son of John Prout Stainton (B 1868) and Eleanor, daughter of Sir Charles Jackson, a High Court Judge in Calcutta. The family had a Wykehamist tradition: his brother, John Armitage Stainton, was in College from 1901 to 1907, and was awarded the KCB in 1953. J.A. Stainton’s two sons also came to Winchester: John David Adam Stainton (K1934-1939) and Andrew Thomas Stainton (K1938-1943).

The family home was The Gart, Callander, Perthshire. Stainton arrived at Winchester from Copthorne School in Short Half 1910, but left in Cloister Time 1911 for Eton. From the time of his arrival at Eton (Mr Brinton’s house) in September 1911, he had what was described by them as “an undistinguished academic career, winning absolutely no prizes – not even the sort that are given to encourage rather than reward – and made it to no major teams. He did however row in his House Junior IV and win Senior Long Jump in the house athletics in 1915. He was elected to the House Debating Society, which was a sign of being considered responsible and trustworthy as you rose through the house hierarchy, rather than indicating any special debating skill”.

Stainton left Eton in July 1915, joining 3rd Grenadier Guards.   He was killed at Ginchy, on the Somme, on September 14th 1916, the eve of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, and is commemorated in pier and face 8D of the Thiepval Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Stainton
  • Forenames or initials: Walter Adam
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1910-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Grenadier Guards
  • Date of Birth: 3rd July 1897
  • Date of Death: 14th September 1916
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Not listed
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Pier and Face 8D of the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL