A dedicated group of Stone Historical and Civic Society members, and both the men’s and ladies sections of the Stone Branch of the Royal British Legion came together to commemorate the start of the First World War on August 3rd.
The day started with a drum head service (a church service held traditionally on the battlefield) at 3.00pm in Stonefield Park . As you would expect, readers turned out in their hundreds to hear the names read out of all the 148 men (and 2 boys) from Stone who died during the various campaigns.
The focus then became the memorial in Granville Square where six wreaths were laid and Stone Town Mayor, Cllr Cathy Collier unveiled a new plaque to commemorate the day that was funded from donations to Stone Historical Society.
After the service, everyone was invited back to visit an exhibition in St. Dominic’s Social Centre which featured items form the First World War associated with Stone from extensive collection of Stephen Edwards and other residents who had memento’s on display.
Stone Historical and Civic Society are working on a series of books on those killed in the war, the battles they fought in and where they are buried if they have a known grave.