Stones, Lieutenant Gerald Cunliffe

No 67 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Gerald Stones came from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, where he was born on 31 July 1882. He was a Farmer at Tresco, Victoria, when he enlisted in the 5th Infantry Battalion at Swan Hill on 21 May 1915. He transferred to the Light Horse in September and, after training at Seymour, he was commissioned in January 1916. On 18 April 1916 he embarked on HMAT A53 Itria in Melbourne to join the 1st Light Horse in Egypt. After a short period with a camel training unit while nominally with the 4th Light Horse, he transferred to the AFC in January, and was then trained as an observer before being posted to No 67 (Australian) Sqn on 17 May.

He was killed in action at Belah on 30 May 1917 while flying in a BE2e [either 6781 (The Sky Their Battlefield) or A1807 (Airmen Died in the Great War)] with 2Lt Joseph Anthony Morgan, RFC (formerly 9th Bn, King’s Own Shropshire Light Infantry), who was also killed. The aeroplane was on an artillery observation mission when it was brought down by anti-aircraft fire near Gaza, and fell within the British lines.

Lt G C Stones is buried in Grave F 32 at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

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