Stone, Walter Napleton VC
Stone, Walter Napleton


(1891 - 1917)

Local Connection: Born in Blackheath

War Service:
Captain (Lieutenant, acting Captain). 3rd Battalion. Royal Fusiliers. (Attached to 17th Battalion at time of Deed).

London Gazetted on 13th February, 1918.
The current location of his VC is unknown.

Digest of Citation for the Victoria Cross reads:

Victoria Cross

On 30th November, 1917 , whilst in command of a company in an isolated position, 1000 yards to the front of the main line and overlooking the enemy in a position in the Canbrai [Cambrai] sector, in France, he observed the enemy preparing for an attack and sent back information to headquarters to this effect. He was ordered to withdraw his company leaving a rearguard as cover. As the enemy attack gathered unexpected momentum, Captain Stone sent back three platoons, staying with the rearguard himself. Standing on the parapet with a telephone, all the time under heavy bombardment, he observed the enemy, sending back valuable information on the situation until the wire was cut on his orders. The rearguard was surrounded by the enemy and cut to pieces. Captain Stone was shot through the head as he fought to the last. The accuracy of the information he supplied was invaluable, causing the line to be saved, thus averting a disaster.

A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War: 454 Victoria Crosses were awarded to UK-born recipients; 173 were awarded to servicemen who fought for Britain, but were born overseas; 1 person was awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War. Special paving stones will be laid in the home towns of every UK soldier awarded the Victoria Cross as part of 2014's World War I centenary events. The specially-commissioned stones will be given to councils in the areas where the VC recipients were born. A total of 28 will be unveiled next year to commemorate medals awarded in 1914 and a further 600 will be laid in every year up to 2018. Stone's will be laid in November 2017 at Victoria Cross Memorial.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Lewisham-Shopping-Centre-Mural.

He was born on 7 December 1891 at Blackheath and was killed in action on 30 November 1917 at Moeuvres, near Cambrai, France.

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