Sidney George Stone was born in Margate, Kent in 1892. His parents were William Stone and Frances Louisa (nee Cork) who were married at St John’s Church, Margate on 14th October 1879. William was a labourer, in 1881 agricultural, by 1911 working for the council.
In 1909 Sidney George had moved to Newbold upon Avon. He lived with his brother William Henry Stone and his family at Canal House, Newbold. William was a quarry foreman at the Cement Works and Sidney worked for him as a signal man for quarry engine. While living in Newbold and Rugby he made many friends and played football with the Harborough and Easenhall team.
By the time Sidney enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment in September 1914, he was working in the BTH foundry. Early in 1914 he had married Amy Lee and they lived at 34 Sandown Road, Rugby. A son Sidney H. was born in April 1915 and his father saw him for only a few days before he was ordered to the front.
Sidney George Stone arrived in France on 1st June 1915 and died from wounds exactly four months later on 1st October 1915. His wife had not heard from him for five weeks and it was feared that something serious had happened to him. He was aged 23. He had two brothers also serving and his wife had four brother who had joined the army.
Private Sidney George Stone, 15063, 2nd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment was buried in the Bethune Town Cemetery. Bethune was an important hospital centre. It is not known how he received his injuries., but the 2nd Worcesters took many casualties in an action at Cité St Elie on 26th September 1915, part of the Battle of Loos.
He is remembered on the BTH War Memorial and the Newbold upon Avon War Memorial, as well as the Rugby Memorial Gates.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM