William Stone

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Lance Corporal

Service No:           9706

Unit:                     2nd  Bn Gloucestershire Regiment

Stone R.M.J  is listed on the transcription from the St George Roll of Honour, using the CWGC site & Soldiers Died in the Great War no casualty with these initials could be found with positive links to St George. William Stone however was born in St George so I have included his details here.

William was born in St George Bristol in March 1891.  His Parents were Alfred & Emily Stone who were living at Magpie Bottom, at that time William had 2 older siblings, his father was a shoemaker.  In 1911 William now a 20 year old laundry worker was living at 8 Gouty Lane (now Furber Road) St George with his parents and 8 siblings.

William’s medal card indicates that he was at one time in the 1st Battalion but it was not unusual to move between battalions in the regiment

William landed with 1st.Battaliuon The Gloucestershire Regiment as part of 3rd Brigade in 1st Division at Le Havre 13 August 1914. It took part in most of the major actions of 1914. Throughout the winter of 1914-15 the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary) continued offensive operations against Russia. Although they achieved no major or strategic breakthrough there, they determined to stand on the defensive in the west in 1915. On 9th & 10th May 1915 the Brigade were engaged in The Battle of Aubers.

William was killed in action on 10th May 1915 and is remembered with honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 22 to 34, he had no known grave.

Image by Doug Crew.

William was entitled to the 1914 Star with clasp, The British War Medal & The Victory Medal,.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers Died in the Great War

WW1 Medal Roll Index Card

Army Register of Soldiers effects.

1891, 1901 & 1911 UK household census

The Long, Long Trail