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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Private Roy Frank Stone, courtesy of Kim

Phillips, Spirits of Gallipoli.


Stone R F K    Pte    435    Roy Frank               7 Inf Bn    19    Gardener    Single    C of E       

Address:    Mornington, Fante Creek   

Next of Kin:    Stone, George, father, Fante Creek, Mornington   

Enlisted:    15 Aug 1914      

Embarked:     A20 Hororata 19 Oct 1914  

Prior Service:   58 Inf Regt.

Enlisted Moonee Ponds


Relatives on Active Service:

Davenport R A Pte 1015 cousin

Davenport A Pte 3721  cousin  

Stone, Clive brother KIA

Stone-C-D-Driver-33209  cousin

Stone-E-H-Driver-19938 cousin



Date of Death:  25/04/1915

CWGC:  "Son of George and Emily Susannah Stone, of Herbert St., Mornington, Victoria, Australia".



Private Roy Stone writes to his sister: - I received your very welcome letter the other day.  It was a week later than it should have been, as we were away down the Suez waiting fore the Turks to come on, but the dirty dogs seem to have "floated" for good.  I was one of a firing party of thirteen with a sergeant and corporal, at the funeral of a Jack Tar off the ---- One of our Transport wagons was at the hospital waiting for the coffin when we arrived there, and after a while some of the other sailors off the  ------ arrived.  While the sailors went in to get the coffin we formed up two deep outside the gateway.  When the coffin appeared we presented arms and then formed up with the rear rank on the right hand side of the road the the front rank on the left.  We then moved on, doing the "Dead March" with our rifles at the reverse.  We marched like this for a couple of hundred yards, and then we marched at the reverse trail.  When we reached the cemetery we halted with our rifles upside down resting on the toes of our boots, and left the coffin pass through.  Then the sailors took the coffin over to the grave and we formed up on either side.  after the clergyman had read the service the coffin was lowered into the grave and the buglers sounded the "Last Post".  As it was impossible for us to get blank cartridges we went through the motion of firing.  There was a photographer there, and he took a photo of us with the Union Jack on the side of the grave.  We ordered some photos, but we moved from there before we were able to get them.  Well Ada, this isn't a very pleasant topic, but it was very interesting   I don't think we will be able to get back for at least another twelve months,  You don;t see to be getting too many of the letters we have written.  I suppose the postal authorities are holding them for a while.  Have any of the Morning boys come on in the Second or Third Contingents?  I have just knocked off for a minute to "chuck" one chap outside.  There were two of them wrestling in the tent and making a devil of a dust, and I couldn't go on writing until they were stopped.  No more news.  Love to all."

Friday April 2 1915. The Peninsula Post
In Our Boys at the Front.  1914-1918.  The Mornington Peninsula at War.  

Mornington & District Historical Society: Mornington, 2011.


Private  Clive Stone writes to his father, Mr G Stone, of Mornington, as follows:

Dear Dad, We have been in action as I suppose you will know by this.  I have got a shrapnel bullet in the foot, but it's not too bad.  Poor old Roy they tell me is dead.  Some of the boys out of his section were telling me so, but Dad you can be proud of him, as he died game to the last.  HE was hit three times before he left the boat and it took three more to stop him.  Their boat was one of the first to land and there was hardly a man got on shore without being wounded.  They had to land under heavy machine gun and rifle fire, and when they did land they drove the Turks out with the bayonet.


18 June 1915, The Peninsula Post.

In Our Boys at the Front.  1914-1918.  The Mornington Peninsula at War.  Mornington & District Historical Society: Mornington, 2011.


Tanti Creek
8th June 1915

To the Secretary
Defence Department

Dear Sir

Your telegram received yesterday morning telling us that Private Clive C Stone 1008 C Coy 5th Battalion 1st Australian Expeditionary Force was slightly wounded, not serious.  Today I got a letter from him saying his Brother Private R F Stone No 435, 7th Bat B Coy, 1st Australian Expeditionary Force was dead.  He was told by some of Private R F Stone's company that he was hit 3 times before he left the boat and that it took 3 more to stop him.  He was amongst the first that landed, and that there was hardly a man got ashore that was not wounded.  Can you give me any news of him or why we have no official news.  Would it be any use sending a weekend Cablegram over about him.  Kindly let me know at your earliest convenience & oblige Yours very anxious I am dear Sir
Yours Sincerly (sic)
George Stone.


B2455 Service Record page 30.

In Our Boys at the Front.  1914-1918.  The Mornington Peninsula at War.  

Mornington & District Historical Society: Mornington, 2011.  p 45




STONE. - Private Roy F. Stone (killed in action
on day of landing at the Dardanelles), dearly
beloved fifth son of Mr and Mrs G. Stone,      
Mornington, aged 20 years 6 months. 
He gave his best, his life, his all.    

The Argus 22 June 1915



A report on his burial is contained in a Statutory Declaration here.


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall R-Y

Patriotic Concert 1914

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour killed

“Send off to the Essendon Boys”

Ascot Vale Congegational Church Honour Board *


In Memoriam

No notices in The Argus to 1920..

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