STONE, Arthur George

No.30428, Lance Corporal, Arthur George STONE
Aged 23

9th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
formerly No. 13725, 9th Bn., Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action presumed on Wednesday, 10th April 1918

Arthur George Stone was born in 1894 in West Row(Mildenhall Q3-1894 4A:749), son of George and Emma STONE (née RUTTERFORD).

1901 census...Aged 7 he was at The Green, West Row with his uncle Arthur STONE [38] horseman on farm born Mildenhall, grandmother Sarah STONE [79] born Freckenham, sister Kate [22] born Mildenhall. The rest of the family were at Main Street, West Row, his father George STONE [42], mother Emma [42]; sisters Emma [13] and Annie [2] and brother James [11], all born in Mildenhall.

1911 census...Aged 17, a farm labourer, he was at West Row with his father George STONE, [52] horseman on farm, born West Row; his mother Emma [52] born Beck Row; sister Kate [31] and sister Annie [12]. Two of the 9 children had died. His elder brother James was killed on the Somme in August 1916, see here

Enlisted in Newmarket.
From the war diary:-
9th/10th April held line shown on map below.( all map references are from sheet 36)
10th..2:0 am Battalion again attacked with intention to push enemy over R LYS. We reached BRICKFIELDS POST, line running thence to cross roads G.12.a.52.6 the left at G.12.a.7.6.. Later line was withdrawn running cross roads G.12.a.2.5 G.12.a.6.7 Battalion came under orders of 40th Division.
9:0 am Battalion again attacked objectives being BRICKFIELD POST and NORFOLKPOST. Good progress was being made when the enemy attacked astride the CROIX du BAC -ST MAUR Rd. Our line was forced to withdraw running (A.29.c.6.1)-(A.29.d.6.4). Eventually positions were taken up as follows.....

This was the stage of the German Spring offensive (the Kaiserschlacht) when all along the front the Germans were over-running and pushing back the Allies at a speed unknown for over three years.

CWGC have 99 of the 9th Loyal N Lancs killed on 10th April, most of them either buried in Croix du Bac or named on the Ploegsteert memorial

Start line for their attempt to push Germans back over River Lys
they did reach the crossroads in Croix du Bac.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Arthur Stone is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, panel 7
and originally on the Mildenhall memorial

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