LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Gerald Cunliffe STONES

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: Wisbech, England, July 1882
Enlisted in the Army: 27 April 1915
Unit: No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations (No. 1 Squadron BE2e aircraft A1807), Gaza, 30 May 1917, Aged 36 Years
Buried: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Suez Canal, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Maria Y. Stones. Native of Wisbech, England
Place of Association: Tresco VIC
Remembered: Panel 4, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Lieutenants G. C. Stones and Lieutenant Joseph Anthony Morgan (RFC), in an artillery machine (1), were shot down by gun-fire over Gaza on May 30th; they fell within the British lines, but both were killed.

(1) BE2e aircraft A1807

Extract from Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Page 63

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, STONES GERALD CUNLIFFE
National Archives UK RAF Casualty 286403, 273065

Bibliography:

Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) One Man’s War: Aircraft Mechanic Joe Bull’s Personal diaries 1916-9, Banner Books, Maryborough QLD 4650, 1997
Roberts, E.G.  (Eric Glendower) (250197) Box Kites and Beyond, The Hawthorn Press Melbourne VIC 3000, 1976
Sutherland, L. W. (Leslie) Aces and Kings, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1935
Williams, Sir R. (Richard) (1) These are Facts: the Autobiography of Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams KBE, CB, DSO, Australian War Memorial and Australian Government Publishing Service, 1977 – Chapters 3-9

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