Albert Benjamin Bone

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 23457
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st battalion
Died: 18 December 1917, aged 20 years
Buried: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France (Plot V, Row D, Grave 45)

Life before the War

Albert was the youngest of 9 siblings born to Benjamin and Esther Jane Bone (nee Mills), who married in Southampton in 1878.

Benjamin was born in Chilworth in 1859, and he died in Southampton in 1926. Esther was born in the city in 1860 and passed away in 1934.

The family lived at 13 Verulam Road, Bevois Valley and all the children were born in Southampton.

Siblings:

  1. Ethel   b. 1879   d. 1929 Southampton   Married James Howie Smith in Southampton in 1902.
  2. Arthur Henry   b. 1880   d. 1958 Bromley   Married Annie Rudgley in Southampton in 1904.
  3. Ellen Louisa   b. 1881   d. 1957 Southampton   Married Henry Fisher in Southampton in 1907.
  4. Elizabeth Jane   b. 1884   d. 1967 Southampton   Married Frank Ernest Hind in Southampton in 1905.
  5. George Thomas   b. 1885   d. 20.9.1917  War Casualty, France. Please select George’s name to be linked to his story.
  6. William Henry     b. 1888     d.  ??   Married Matilda Mary Mackrell in Portsmouth in 1907.
  7. Daisy Alice   b. 1892   d. 1979 Southampton   Married William A. Harding in Southampton in 1923.
  8. Thomas   b. 1895   d. 1988 N/Forest   Married Lily Humby in Southampton in 1922.
  9. Albert Benjamin

War Service

The Hampshire 1st Battalion became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in August 1914, just prior to landing at Le Havre for action on the Western Front.

Albert was probably one of the near 40,000 Commonwealth casualties from the Battle of Cambrai, fought in November and December 1917.
This battle is known as the first time tanks were used in warfare in large numbers.

The site for the cemetery was selected for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station in February 1917.

The first burials took place in the March and the cemetery quickly grew as the 19th Casualty Clearing Station started using the plot. Most of the graves relate to the Battle of Arras in 1917, and the trench warfare that followed.

The cemetery now holds the graves of 3207 Commonwealth servicemen from WW1.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 11/08/2015
Updated:

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