Born: 1893, Twickenham, London.
Died: 25th August 1916; age 23; Died of Wounds – Sailly Laurette. Stuck by a shell blast on the night of the 24th, August 1916, whist part of a working party on a new tench immediately behind ‘ Lonely Trench’ about 1000 yards SSW of Guillemont. Montauban. Map reference – between A.6b, and B.1c, on the Montauban trench map. Francis survived for several hours after being injured.
Gazetted 14th May 1915 – to be temporary Second Lieutenant.
Regiment: Royal Engineers, 204th Coy.
Dive Copse British Cemetery,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edward Duncan Stoney & Ellen Naomi Stoney, of 23, Arlington Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex.
1901 Greyfort, Bacton Road, Walton, Suffolk.
Frances was 7 years old and living with his widowed mother & sisters. They were living at the home of his widowed paternal grandmother.
Annie Elizabeth Stoney, 57, born Colombo, Ceylon.
Annie Naomi Stoney (nee Pope), 30, born St. Mary Cray, Kent.
Catherine Ruth Stoney, 6, born Ipswich.
Margaret Naomi Stoney, 3, born Ipswich.
1 parlour maid
1 hospital nurse.
1911 23, Arlington Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Francis was 17 years old, an Engineering Student. He was living with his widowed mother & sisters. They were living at the home of his widowed paternal grandmother.
Annie, 68, Private Means.
1 parlour maid
Francis’s father was Edward Duncan Stoney, born July 1868, Louth, Ireland – died February 1898, at 19, Lower brook Street, Ipswich, of Pleurisy. A Civil Engineer – worked for Ransomes & Rapier – he took charge of the Weaver sluices, Manchester Ship Canal, on their behalf.
Francis is listed in The Peerage and in Burke’s Landed Gentry of Ireland.
Francis is also remembered on the war memorial at Eastbourne, East Sussex.