Sidney Clifford Stone

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Private

Service No:           433

Unit:                     North Somerset Yeomanry

 

Sidney was born in Bristol in 1894; he was the son of Sidney & Edith Stone.  A 6 year old schoolboy in 1901 he was living with his parents & 2 siblings at 2 Glebe Road, St. George Bristol; his father worked in the Boot & Shoe Industry.  By 1911 the family were at 11 Glebe Road, St. George Bristol, at this time his father was a Traveller & 16 year old Sidney was employed as a clerk.

The North Somerset Yeomanry was formed on the creation of the Territorial Force in April 1908 and placed under orders of the 1st South Western Mounted Brigade. It was headquartered at Bath with the squadrons being headquartered as follows:

A Sqn: Bath (with drill stations at Bathampton, Farmborough, Frome, Mells and Road).

B Sqn: Weston-super-Mare (Axbridge, Clevedon, Langford and Nailsea)

C Sqn: Shepton Mallet (Queen Camel, Ston Easton, Wells, Wincanton and Castle Cary)

D Sqn: Bristol (Queen Charlton, Barrow Gurnmey and Keynsham).

In August 1914 1/1st North Somerset Yeomanry moved with brigade to Sussex after mobilising but was then ordered independently to France, landing on 3 November.  On 13 November 1914 it came under orders of 6th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division.

Sidney arrived at France & Flanders on 2nd November 1914.

On 13 May 1915 the regiment suffered heavy losses in defending a German attack near Bellewaarde (Ypres). However Private Sidney Stone had already been killed in action on 11th February 1915.

He is remembered with honour at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 5

 

Image by D R Crew.

Sidney was awarded The 1914 Star, The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.

 

References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.

The Long, Long Trail