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William Daniel STONE

Regimental number5454
Place of birthNorth Fitzroy, Victoria
SchoolTempe Public School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationJockey
Address828 King Street, Tempe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, E Stone, 828 King Street, Tempe, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularNever handled a gun in his life was in camp only 5 weeks when he was sent away on the 9/4/1916. Went to France wounded on 29/8/1916, shot through left hand, went back in the Line and killed 4/2/1917. Would like to know if his body has ever been found. (Father)
FateKilled in Action 4 February 1917
Place of death or woundingNever been informed but think it was Guedecourt, Somme, France. (Father)
Age at death21.8
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
71
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Hanora STONE, 828 King Street, Tempe, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5453 Pte Percy STONE, 1st Light Horse Regiment, 1st Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 12 June 1919. He had a brother in 1st Light Horse who has returned to Australia with some lung disease and is now in a Red Cross Home at Moss Vale, New South Wales.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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