Stokell was born at Prebbleton, near Christchurch, New Zealand, on 20 June 1890 to Edmund Stokell and Jane (Née Pasche). He lived there for his whole life. He attended Broadfields Primary School, and was a keen trout angler.
Interest in freshwater fish
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- Council of the North Canterbury Acclimatisation Society
- Staff of the Canterbury Museum
- Secretary of the Canterbury branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand
An direct man with forceful opinions, he left the Acclimatisation Society stating:
Their sole qualification for safe-guarding the welfare of wild creatures [is] the possession of a desire to kill them.
Stokell died 10 July 1972 in Christchurch.
- Freshwater fishes of New Zealand, 1955
- Freshwater and diadromous fishes of New Zealand, 1972
- Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand p 324
- McDowall, R. M. "Stokell, Gerald 1890 - 1972". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011.