W. Stones

Lt. Walter Stones
Born 1881 in Doncaster. Commissioned into Heavy Section Machine Gun Corps (Gazette 26th April 1916). Promoted T/Lt. on 1st July 1916.
Commanded D24 (751 - Male) in support of assault of 50th Division in area to east of Martinpuich in concert with Lt. Colle (D25). Leaving Martinpuich Communal cemetery the two tanks crossed the British front line at 06.03, 17 minutes before Zero Hour. When the artillery bombardment lifted and the infantry advanced, Colle and Stones were in position on the German front line. They gave close support to the assault and shortly after 07.00 followed it forward. D24 was disabled by shellfire when the track was smashed. Stones removed his machine guns and joined the infantry in the attack although he was wounded in the action. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in action. "Although wounded he fought his tank with great gallantry and determination, finally reaching his objective".
Served under Major Summers command as a Captain with F Battalion. He fought at 3rd Ypres and Cambrai before returning to the UK just before Christmas 1917. Appointed A/Major whilst commanding A Company, 25th January 1918. Relinquished commission on completion of service and gratned rank of Major, 1st September 1921 (Gazette 4th November 1921).
Died 1st April 1972 at his home in Doncaster in his 91st year. Bured at Rose Hill Cemetery, Doncaster.

Tales of valour

Military Cross

For conspicuous gallantry in action. Although wounded he fought his tank with great gallantry and determination, finally reaching his objective.

MILITARY CROSS

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