Contributed by: Mark Hone, on 2008-11-11
|Year of Birth||1885|
|Year of Death||1918|
|Regiment||Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Near Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire|
Jack Hone was my great-uncle. He enlisted as a boy soldier from his home village in South Warwickshire and served 13 years in the regular army, including postings in India and Africa. Recalled as a reservist at the outbreak of war in 1914, he took part in the 1st Royal Warwicks' first battle at Le Cateau on 26th September 1914 and subsequently in every significant campaign on the Western Front. A member of his battalion's transport section, he was fatally wounded whilst leading his horse across a bridge during 1st Royal Warwicks' last attack of the war, at Verchain Maugre, on 24th October 1918. By one of war's ironies he was buried in the British cemetery at St. Souplet, just outside Le Cateau where his war had begun four years earlier.