Fight to get Bombardier Stone’s grave restored

Chris Froggatt with war hero Charles Stone's newly restored grave
Chris Froggatt with war hero Charles Stone's newly restored grave

The grave of a Denby World War One hero who was awarded the ultimate honour of a Victoria Cross is to be rededicated at a special service.

Bombardier Charles Stone was awarded the Victoria Cross, ‘the highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy’ after he single-handedly stopped a German attack in France in 1918 before capturing a 
machine gun and four 
prisoners, all while under heavy fire.

He was later decorated by King George V at Buckingham Palace for his bravery.

Bombardier Stone’s grave has been restored this year after a campaign by Heage Architect Chris Froggatt.

Mr Froggatt was compelled to lead the fight to get the grave restored after spotting it looking shabby in Belper Cemetery.

His successful campaign was covered extensively in the Ripley & Heanor News.

The Ripley branch of the Royal British Legion has now taken up the reins in organising the event to remember the World War One hero and has
organised a fitting tribute to Bdr Stone.

Dean Fowler, chairman of the Ripley branch of the Royal British Legion, spoke of the importance in holding the 
rededication service for such a decorated hero.

He said: “As you can imagine receiving the Victoria Cross was something quite special, so it’s only right that we honour him.

“There’s even more importance in the service as it’s coming up to the one hundred year anniversary of World War One only two days later.”

Attending the 
ceremony at Belper 
Cemetery on Saturday August 2, will be members of the Royal Artillery 
Association from Wiltshire, current serving 
soldiers, the British Royal Legion, local dignitaries and 
living relatives of Charles Stone.