Harry Stone

By Linda Wright

Harry Stone was born in 1895, Ramsden Heath  and died, aged 24,  June 1919.

The 1901 census shows Harry, aged 6, living with parents Frederick and Emily in Ramsden Heath with siblings George 13, Mabel 10,Charlie 8,  Maud 6, Ernest S 3, and Mildred O, 1.  His father is a farm labourer, brother George is a ‘guard boy agr. Cattle’.

In the 1911 census, Harry, aged 16) is living in Ramsden Heath with his father Frederick (aged 50) and mother Emily (aged 53) and siblings Charlie 18, Maude 16, Millie 14 and Sidney 13.  Harry’s occupation is carpenter.Frederick is a farm labourer, Charlie is a carman working in a garage,

Gunner Harry Stone had enlisted into the Essex Suffolk RGA, regimental number 659, on 20 October 1914 in Shoeburyness (image 14122).  He gave his address was Ramsden Heath. He declared he was 19 years 7 months old, was 5 ft. 10 ins. Tall,  chest 35.5 ins., (expansion 2.25 inches), (image 14159).

In his army records is a letter from the Royal London Opthalmic Hospital dated 18 March 1916 stating he had a congenital defective left eye; its vision is 5/60 and no improvement is expected (image 14161).  (His 1914 enlistment form showed his left eye was then 6/18.)

His service no. was 119264.

Harry married Amy in 22 April 1919 in S. Simons, Bethnal Green.

On his discharge, aged 23, on 5 March 1919 (image 14123) in Dover,  he gave his address as 236 Green St., Bethnal Green.  He declared that he had no disability as a result of his military service (images 14167 and 14169).

His widow, Amy (born 18 Sept 1861) applied for an army pension  on 27 Oct 1921 and was granted  £13 9s for herself backdated to the 24 June 1919, and 20s for her 2 children (image 14174)

Gunner Harry Stone was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

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This page was added by Jim Devlin on 13/01/2014.