Herbert Orchard Stone, died 7th January 1916, aged 33.
Company Quartermaster Serjeant T/156. 1/5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Herbert was born in Farnborough, Hampshire on20th March 1882, By 1902 he had moved to Goudhurst and his homes included Beresford Road and Cloth Edge in Church Road. He worked as a clerk for the local builders, Davis & Leaney, and was engaged to be married. A particularly keen member of the Territorials and their predecessors, the Volunteers, Herbert Stone was killed in his battalion’s first engagement, the Battle of Sheikh Saad on 7th January 1916. He is buried in Amara War Cemetery, 100 miles north of Basra.
Kent & Sussex Courier 31st March 1916
Goudhurst Man Killed in Action
Company-Quartermaster Herbert Orchard Stone, 5th Buffs, was killed in action in the Persian Gulf on January 7th. He was a clerk in the employ of Messrs. David and Leaney of Goudhurst, who have learnt of his death from his mother, who is living in Bristol. He had been with Messrs. Davis and Leaney since 1902 and was greatly esteemed. He was educated at Guildford Grammar School, where he obtained a scholarship, and was in an architect’s office at Woking before removing to Goudhurst. He enlisted when war broke out, and owning to his superior education was at once promoted to be Colour-Sergeant of the Military Harbour Guard at Dover. He subsequently went out to India with his Battalion, and was among the Force sent out to the Persian Gulf.
Herbert Stone was also a member of the Goudhurst Oddfellows Lodge: Membership Application form