BORN HULL 1891. SON OF JOHN WILLIAM BONE (1855-1912) & MARY ELIZABETH TATE BONE, OF 48 HAWTHORNE AVENUE, HULL. ONE OF FIVE CHILDREN. EMPLOYED AS A COAL MERCHANT. HE MARRIED IN HULL, IN JULY 1914. HUSBAND TO ROSIE HARBORD (1888-1956) AT THIS CWGC ADDRESS. ENLISTED IN THE HULL PALS. SERVED IN EGYPT AND FRANCE. PROMOTED TO LANCE SERGEANT, 693, 10TH EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT. KILLED IN ACTION, ON 28/06/1918, AGED 26.
HIS ARMY EFFECTS WENT TO HIS WIDOW ROSIE, AND HIS SON DAVID (1916-1996). HE LEFT £177 IN HIS WILL TO ROSIE, WHO MOVED TO MELROSE COTTAGE, THE PADDOCK, ANALABY, (PROBATE ADDRESS). HE IS ONE OF THE 31 NAMES LISTED ON THE ANLABY WW1 MEMORIAL. BURIED IN FRANCE. HIS GRAVE INSCRIPTION, READS, “JESUS MERCY”. ONE OF 12 NAMES LISTED ON THE NORMAN PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH MEMORIAL, HAWTHORNE AVENUE, HULL, UNVEILED, ON 6TH JUNE 1920.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. SERGEANT WILFRED BONE 10/693. Born September 1891, Wilfred was the eldest of five children to John and Mary Bone of 48 Hawthorne Ave, Hull. Prior to the war Wilfred worked for a Coal Merchants, but he was among the first to answer the call of King and Country, queuing to enlist in the long lines of September 1914 when the war was still an exciting adventure for those lucky enough to get there. He must have been a fiercely patriotic man, for he had married Rosie Harbord not two months before, and the couple had set up home at 12 Park Lane West, Anlaby Park, Hull. A Sergeant in C Company, Wilfred served in Egypt from December 1915 to March 1916 when he arrived with the Pals on the Western Front. A veteran of the Somme and Oppy Wood before fighting the German Spring Offensive to a standstill in April 1918, Wilfred was killed in action on 28th June during the attack on enemy positions around Le Cornet Perdu. He is buried at Aval Wood Military Cemetery; he was 26 years old. Wilfred’s younger brother, Sydney, also fought in France, but thankfully made it home.