Henry John STONE

STONE, Henry John

Service Number: 301
Enlisted: 28 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bridgewater, Somerset, England, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: complications of bronchitis. (gassing??), Keswick Repatriation hospital , 25 February 1920, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Payneham Cemetery, S.A.
Southern Extension Path 27
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, From Adelaide aboard HMAT A2 Geelong
Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 301, 32nd Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography

This is my grandfather, my mother's father.

He was born in Bridgewater, Somerset, in August 1888,

Served two years in the Light Infantry, Territorial Force, England; transferred to Army Service Corps, Territorial Force (4 years); emigrated from England on 'Orontes' on 15 March 1912 and was described as 'farm labourer'.

He enlisted on 28 June 1915 at Keswick, given the regimental number 301 and appointed to B Coy, 32nd Battalion. 

Promoted to Corporal 24/7/1916. (Editors note - this was immediately after the catastophic attack at Fromelles during which the 32nd Battalion suffered nearly 70% casualties)

 RTA with chronic bronchitis on 'Nestor' and disembarked to 4MD.  He was discharged 'medically unfit'  on 29 October 1917.

After discharge he and his family lived at St Peters.  He was unable to work because of his medical condition.

He died aged  32 in Keswick Repat hospital of complications of bronchitis. (gassing??)

Buried in an unmarked grave until 1995 when I had his  death declared due to war service, and War Graves stepped in and provided a suitable memorial for his grave.  I was then able to show his eldest child, my aunt, where he was buried, and we had a small service there to mark his life.

Interestingly, in 1920, my grandmother Henry's wife suffered the death of her husband in the beginning of the year, then discovered she was pregnant with my mother, then her 2-year-old son Ernie, born 1918, died of influenza in (Aug/Sept?) and my mother born in October.  Talk about a bad year!  There were also two older children, born in 1914 (Aunty Glad) and young Henry (Uncle Bill) in 1916.

Lyn Fisher

 

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