Other names: Bertram Robert
Locations in this story: Shipton Gorge, DorsetParsonage Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetTolpuddle, Dorchester, DorsetBournemouth, HampshireMesopotamiaIndia
Story: Bertram Robert Stone was born at Shipton Gorge, Dorset, on 4th October 1898, the son of John Stone and Eliza Elizabeth Stone (née Gale). By 1901 the family had moved to Parsonage Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where Bertram spent his early life. He enlisted on 13th November 1915 and was mobilized on 20th January 1916, joining the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 16354). He served in Mesopotamia and then India, rising to the rank of Lance Corporal. He was returned to the UK on compassionate grounds on 20th November 1917 due to the death of his two brothers, Charles Henry Stone and Thomas John Stone. He was transferred to the 449th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 546444) on 31st March 1918 and eventually discharged on 8th March 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Elizabeth Ann Cake at Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, on 21st December 1924. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 108 Strouden Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, and was working as a Hire Motor Car Driver as well as being a volunteer with the ARP. His death was recorded in Bournemouth, Hampshire, in 1988.