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Fallen Stone soldier's photo found in Cornwall shop

Last May, we posted a request for information regarding the soldiers of Stone commemorated on memorials in the town.

Since then we ve heard from Dr David Walsh, who told us while he was on a camping holiday in Cornwall, he visited a bric-a- brac shop in Newlyn, where he purchased a framed photograph of a First World War soldier. While the frame is admittedly the worse for wear, David carried out some investigations, and has since discovered it s a picture of 2nd Lieutenant Nigel Fyfe Watson Bishop from Stone, who died in Loos.

Fallen Stone Soldier's Photo Found In Cornwall Shop

Fallen Stone Soldier's Photo Found In Cornwall Shop

Fallen Stone Soldier's Photo Found In Cornwall Shop

Fallen Stone Soldier's Photo Found In Cornwall Shop

David informed us the picture has been published elsewhere, and may well be known to Stone Historical Society. After browsing the web, David was able to identify the insignia on the uniform in the photo, and the evidence was confirmed when he found a reprint of the same photo in Memorial of Rugbeians who fell in the Great War Volume 2 . This is what it says

SECOND LIEUTENANT N.F.W. BISHOP

5TH BATTALION THE PRINCE OF WALES S

(NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT)

T.F.

School House

NIGEL FYFE WATSON BISHOP was the youngest son of James Watson and Adelaide Mary Bishop, of Oulton House, Stone, Staffordshire. He entered the school in 1906, and left in 1909. He learned farming for three years, and then entered the business of Bishop and Stonier, of Hanley. He had been just two years in business, working very hard, when war broke out, and he enlisted in the 5th Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment early in September 1914, and received his Commission in the following November.

He went to France in July 1915, and was moved up to the front at the end of August. The Battalion suffered a heavy bombardment on September 17th, after which his Colonel wrote home, saying Nigel Bishop did splendidly . He fell in the charge of the North Midland Division on the Hohen-zollern Redoubt, when the 5th North Staffords gallantly led the attack, on October 13th, 1915, aged 23.

His Captain wrote that he had the fullest confidence that anything he asked him to do would be faithfully carried out and his brother Officers affirmed that they could not have loved him more had he been their own brother .

David informed us Nigel s father was significant in the pottery industry. David has since had the frame reassembled, and it now hangs pride of place in his cottage.

The question that remains unanswered is how did the picture end up in deepest Cornwall? Can any readers enlighten David?

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