|Memorial .||La Clytte Military Cemetery||IV. A. 19.|
Awards & Titles:
Family :Born at Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Son of Maj. George Ormonde Stoney, (K.O.S.B.) and Meylia Stoney; husband of Dorothy Agnes Stoney, of Stokelake House, Chudleigh, Devon.
Education & Career :In the Murray of the Wellington School from 1894, Thomas Ramsay Stoney captained the XV in 1900 and was the deputy head of college in 1901. He was the second of three brothers at Wellington, and went to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he played for the College and Cambridge XIs and was sufficiently good to warrant an entry in Wisden's 'Lives of Cricket's Fallen 1914-1918'. He became a schoolmaster, and later headmaster of Wootton Court prep school in Canterbury.
Action : The Battles of the Lys
With the outbreak of the war Stoney joined the family regiment, the Kings Own Scots Borderers.
Posted first to the 3rd Battalion KOSB, he was later attached to the 6th Battalion. He was killed in action on 10 April 1918 at the Battle of the Lys. This was the German 'Spring Offensive', their last push and circumstances were suffiently grave to cause Earl Haig to issue his famous order that his men must carry on fighting "With Our Backs to the Wall and believing in the Justice of our Cause".
Four of the five Stoney boys joined the Army. Thomas and his brother George joined the family regiment. Both were killed; Lt Col George Butler Stoney at Gallipoli in 1916, two years before Thomas. Patrick served the 26th Punjabis in India and the youngest Henry Howard Stoney, also a Wellingtonian, served in the Staffords. Bowes the remaining son went to Fettes and on to the Ceylon Civil Service, via Pembroke, Cambridge. He died in 1910 aged 32.
He is buried at La Clytte Cemetery. He was 35. He is also remembered in his hometown of Chudleigh in Devon on the War Memorial. Stoney Family Memorial, Netley Marsh Church Hants
9 April - 29 April 1918. As the first phase of the great German campaign of 1918 lost momentum and failed in its objective to split the British and French armies, subsidiary attacks were shift the balance of the attack and to seek opportunities to exploit other sectors. On the Lys the Germans initially enjoyed spectacular success against a Portuguese Division but the gap was soon plugged and the advance halted.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Isaac Newton University No. 859 E.C.||Cambridgeshire|
|Joined :||Old Wellingtonian No. 3404 E.C.||London|
4th March 1902
29th April 1902
20th June 1902
Joined Old Wellingtonian (formerly Heroum Filii) No. 3404 from Isaac Newton University Lodge No. 859 as a petitioning and founding member. H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught was joined on the same day.
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Book : 1921 - Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 - Oxford University Press
- Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England