Stephen Castle was born in 1897 in Dudley, the son of Horace J. and Fanny Castle. By 1901, the family had moved to Wolverhampton and were living at 139 Cannock Road, Heath Town. Stephen was with his parents, brother Horace, and sisters Fanny and Gladys, as well as two boarders, Charles and Philip Hadley. Stephen attended Prestwood Road Council School, Heath Town, and gained a scholarship to Wolverhampton Grammar School (who have their own details about ex-pupils online). He then became a student teacher at Woden Road Boys’ School, Heath Town.
He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers (number PS/7528) on Easter Tuesday 1915, and went to France in November 1915. He was killed during the Battle of the Somme on 16 July 1916. An article about him appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 25 November 1916. He is commemorated at the Daours Communal Cemetery Extension in France, as well as on the memorial at Heath Park.