b. 04/02/1889 Ripley, Derbyshire. d. 29/08/1952 Derby.
Charles was born in the town of Ripley in Derbyshire. When he was 29 years old, and a gunner in the 'C' Battery 83rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, British Army during the First World War, the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 21 March 1918 at Caponne Farm, France, after working at his gun for six hours under heavy gas and shell fire, Gunner Stone was sent back to the rear with an order. He delivered it and then, under a very heavy barrage, returned with a rifle to assist in holding up the enemy on a sunken road. First lying in the open under very heavy machine-gun fire and then on the right flank of the two rear guns he held the enemy at bay. Later he was one of the party which captured a machine-gun and four prisoners.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL ARTILLERY MUSEUM, WOOLWICH.
BURIAL PLACE: BELPER CEMETERY, BELPER, DERBYSHIRE.
Charles Stone's medals inclufing VC and MM on display at the Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich, London (January 2015)
RA Chapel, Woolwich
July 2017 courtesy of Richard Thompson