Q21872 — Sgt. Leslie Stone, 1917
Image 2: Edward Reeves business ledger entry
‘Finding Sergeant Stone’ – Tom Reeves 4th Generation Photographer at Edward Reeves Photography.
Audio transcript at bottom of page
Leslie Stone was a Sergeant in the Royal Sussex Regiment and was awarded the British War, Victoria and Star medals. His wartime diary is now held in the Imperial War Museum. He was shot in the right eye-brow and taken prisoner. He arrived back in Lewes just before Christmas 1918.
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“While searching for subjects in our archive relating to names on Lewes Town War Memorial we came across an entry in the business ledger recording an order for a picture of the late Sergeant Stone. And this entry became more intriguing when research showed that Sergeant Leslie Stone doesn’t appear on the war memorial and in fact survived the war and lived in Lewes until his death in 1953. And it transpired that he was wounded and taken prisoner while fighting in Italy and therefore his family presumed him dead. And he was eventually released at the war’s end and returned home at Christmas 1918, which was a very happy ending.”