Frederick William Stone

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 356297
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Died: 5th September 1918 aged 32 years
Death location: The Somme, France

 

Life before the War
Frederick was the fourth of 7 surviving siblings born to Richard Henry and Ellen Emma, nee Jackson.  One child died young.

Richard and Ellen were both born in Southampton, Richard in 1854 and Ellen in 1855.  Richard was an Upholsterer.  The couple married in Southampton in 1877 and they both died in the city, Richard in 1909 with Ellen passing away in 1933.

In the 1901 census the family were living at 28 College Street, Southampton before later moving to number 10 in the same street.

Like their parents, all the children were born in Southampton.  Frederick’s 6 siblings were:

George Henry    b.1878 and d.1926 Southampton.  Married Harriet Daley in Manchester in 1901.  Harriet had a daughter prior to marrying George and together they had a daughter.

Ethel Linda    b.1881 and d.1951 Southampton.  Married William Thomas Wildman in Southampton in 1903.

Percy Richard    b.1884 and d.1951 Fulham. 

Cecil Sydney    b.1890 and died 28th April 1917 in France.  Please select the link to Cecil’s name to read his story.

Harry Alexander    b.1892 and d.1956 Southampton.

Hilda May    b.1895 and d.1971 Southampton.  Married Percy Henry Picot (b. 1897 and d. 1936) in Southampton in 1922.  They had 2 sons.

Service History
The 2nd Battalion Hampshires  fought in the Gallipoli campaign before being redirected to France, entering the country through Marseilles on 29th March 1916.  The battalion fought in all the major battles around Ypres before being redeployed to the Somme.

In the late spring of 1918 the Germans mounted offensives right along the Allied lines around the Somme.  All the major battles had ceased by mid-July of that year so Frederick must have lost his life during an isolated incident.

Frederick has a grave at the La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck, France (Plot III, Row C, Grave 4).  The cemetery opened in April 1918 and contains 576 Commonwealth burials.  His headstone reads:

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”

Frederick-Stone-headstone

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 15th April 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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