Ebenezer Stone

Surname: Stone
Other names: Ebenezer
Other people in this story:
Thomas (Tom) Stone
Anne (Annie) Stone (nee Hook)
Gertrude Bensley
Locations in this story:
Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Stoford, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Ebenezer Stone was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 12 Dec 1893 and baptised there on 28 Jan 1894 the son of Thomas (Tom) Stone and Anne (Annie) Stone (nee Hook).  He lived a great proportion of his life at Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire, except when he found employment as an Ostler at the Swan Inn, Stoford, Salisbury, Wiltshire, by 1911.  He had enlisted with the Gloucestershire Regiment on 7 Sep 1914 as a Private (Service No. 22391).  He was posted to the Balkans on 28 Aug 1915 and whilst there he suffered severe trench foot in both feet which necessitated amputation of both feet.  He was discharged on 18 Apr 1917 being unfit for further service and awarded the Silver War Badge No. 172113 as well as the Victory, British War Medals and the 1915 Star.  He also received a pension for life.  He married Gertrude Bensley in Portsmouth, Hampshire, during 1920.   By the time of the 1939 Register he was living in Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire, working as a part time shoe & boot repairer and described as a Disabled Ex-Serviceman.  He had moved in time to 3 Old Boundary Road, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where he died on 19 Oct 1956 and buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, on 24 Oct 1956.  (Some records show him with the second name of 'Edward' but there is no proof of this in any of the official records.)


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