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Arthur Stone, 1924-2008

Arthur Stone entered consciously into God’s presence on December 10. Born in Hartlepool in 1924, his father George Stone (known as Jack) was the minister of Thornton Street Baptist Chapel. When war came, like many of his generation, with the help of his dad’s stolen / borrowed trench coat and trilby, he lied about his age and signed up with the Durham Light Infantry.

Michael Lockwood

He was involved in the Normandy landings and, after ten days of non-stop fighting, he collapsed and was invalided out of the war zone with shell shock.