El Alamein, Operation Supercharge - USA involvement

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  1. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    I first read 'The Gateshead Gurkhas, A History Of The 9th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1859-1967' (Harry Moses), many years ago now, but have often wondered if I should post a few lines of a little known or unknown US involvement at the Second Battle of El Alamein.

    The Medical Officer (MO) attached to the 9th Bn Durham Light Infantry, 151st Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division, was a citizen of the USA serving in the British Army.

    The 151st Infantry Brigade were one of two brigades that took part in Operation Supercharge, which commenced on 2 November 1942, the action that finally broke the Axis defences at El Alamein and started their rout by the British 8th Army.

    Unfortunately, Captain Edward Raymond Stone was to lose his life on this date.

    STONE, EDWARD RAYMOND
    Rank: Captain
    Service No: 211095
    Date of Death: 02/11/1942
    Age: 29
    Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 9th Bn. Durham Light Infantry
    Grave Reference: IX. B. 19.
    Cemetery: EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY
    Additional Information: Son of Edward Raymond and Margaret Castle Stone; husband of Elmina Bernice Stone, of Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. M.D. (Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.).

    Quotes from The Gateshead Gurkhas:

    "Pte J Everett... described: We were helping, going out of our dugout, carrying badly wounded [tank and infantry] to our field ambulance...Captain Stone, he was American and he was walking about as if he hadn't a care in the world. I don't think he had a tin hat on and he was just moving about. To me, I've always maintained, if anybody should have been decorated, he should have been. The bravest man I've ever seen.

    Private Kerens also saw Captain Stone go about his dangerous duties: The American MO and his Sergeant, Bill Ryle from Gateshead were killed by a shell. The MO, Captain Stone, had done wonders for the wounded from a hastily dug trench. When it was suggested that he take some cover he said, 'When is this darn war going to start anyway?' The same shell that killed him also killed his sergeant."

    RYLE, WILLIAM NEWTON
    Rank: Serjeant
    Service No: 4450815
    Date of Death: 02/11/1942
    Age: 22
    Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry 9th Bn.
    Panel Reference: Column 67. Memorial: ALAMEIN MEMORIAL
    Additional Information: Son of William and Laura Ryle, of Gateshead, Co. Durham.
     
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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Interesting footnote to the battle - thanks.

    I presume from your quotation that Pte J Everett was a 9th Bn DLI soldier?
     
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Not something you see everyday:

    Edward Raymond Stone in the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

    Name: Edward Raymond Stone
    Probate Date: 16 Feb 1946
    Registry: Llandudno
    Death Date: 2 Nov 1942
    Death Place: USA

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    Edward Stone in the UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945

    Name: Edward Stone
    Given Initials: E R
    Rank: Captain
    Death Date: 2 Nov 1942
    Number: 211095
    Birth Place: U.S.A
    Residence: U.S.A
    Branch at Enlistment: Other Corps
    Theatre of War: Middle East
    Regiment at Death: Royal Army Medical Corps
    Branch at Death: Other Corps

    TD
     
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    From an Ancestry family tree:

    1940 United States Federal Census
    Name Edward Stone
    Age 27
    Estimated Birth Year abt 1913
    Gender Male
    Race White
    Birthplace Washington
    Marital Status Married
    Relation to Head of House Head
    Home in 1940 Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia
    Street O 28 NW
    House Number 2512
    Farm No
    Inferred Residence in 1935 Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia
    Residence in 1935 Same Place
    Resident on farm in 1935 No
    Sheet Number 61B
    Number of Household in Order of Visitation 367
    House Owned or Rented Rented
    Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented 40
    Attended School or College No
    Highest Grade Completed College, 5th or subsequent year
    Weeks Worked in 1939 0
    Income 0
    Income Other Sources Yes
    Household Members
    Name Age
    Edward Stone 27
    Bernice Stone 26

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    idler GeneralList Patron

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  6. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    *Correct. He's quoted three times around the time of El Alamein!

    *
    I am aware that US citizens served in the British Forces, as did other nationalities. However, it was surprising to see one still doing so after the US belatedly entered the war and the El Alamein link...

    I found Asperon Thorn's postings in your first link gripping. His grandfather's writings about how Greece functioned in 1945 resonate as true today.

    Thanks for posting these!
     
  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    There have been several J EVERETTs in my family -- and my grandfather T. J. Everett was at El Alamein with 1/4th Essex.

    Just checking, but I don't think we have any near relatives from the north-east.
     
  8. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    From the Missoulian (Missoula, Montana) 11 November 1942

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  9. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Americans mentioned by my Father on being Casevac'ed at El Agelia (1942) no mention of what organisation they belonged to

    "I about came too being put
    in a small van two chaps strapped either side ,this was driven by
    American Volunteer drivers".
     
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  10. This is golden! Thank you!
     
  11. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Evening Karen,

    It mentions in the Newspaper article that a Corporal was also killed in the same incident, but I have not yet tracked his name. I can’t find a 9th Bn Durham Light Infantry Corporal as killed that day, a Lance Corporal and a Lance Sergeant, but not a Corporal. The Newspaper article could be wrong about this, but I will check it out further...

    Best,

    Steve.
     
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