World War I
Robert Stone

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Robert Stone was born in Mountnessing, and lived in Romford. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion the Duke of Cambridge's Own ( Middlesex Regt) and was a Private G/24413.
He died of wounds 25th June 1917 in the Arras Offensive, begun in April 1917, but it seems his body was lost as he is remembered on the Arras Memorial Bay 7. It was often found that burials that received direct hits later resulted in the loss of a body.
The French handed over Arras to Commonwealth forces in the spring of 1916 and the system of tunnels upon which the town is built were used and developed in preparation for the major offensive planned for April 1917. The Commonwealth section of the FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY was begun in March 1916, behind the French military cemetery established earlier. It continued to be used by field ambulances and fighting units until November 1918. The cemetery was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields and from two smaller cemeteries in the vicinity. The cemetery contains 2,651 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.
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