Lance Corporal John Stanley Bone

Biography of Lance Corporal John Stanley Bone

Lance Corporal Stanley Bone was the only son of Mr and Mrs Robert Bone, Monkseaton, Northumberland. His school career was rather remarkable. He had no capacity for book knowledge or abstract reasoning; all his talents lay along the lines of action and practical work. In all his classes he was the natural leader. He was an ardent Cadet and Scout, and took a leading part in all School games.

On leaving school, he entered the employment of Messrs W S Miller & Co, Shipbrokers, where he gave promise of becoming a shrewd and alert man of business. When sixteen years of age he tried to enlist, but his youth was too obvious to even the most gullible of recruiting sergeants.

Later he joined the Glasgow University OTC, but proceeded to France as a Private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Big, strapping, powerful, he was a striking figure in his Highland dress.

His career in France was brief. After a short period in the trenches he was sent to the Base Hospital suffering from some form of blood poisoning. Then pneumonia supervened, and on 18th June 1918, Stanley passed away. His own wish doubtless would have been to fall at the head of his section in one wild dash upon the enemy, but Dis aliter visum. His platoon commander, writing home, said -

"He was a good soldier in the best sense of the term, and when he joined the section I soon found his sterling qualities and made him an NCO. In fact, he created a record by becoming one so quickly. His old School-fellows will not readily forget this gallant soldier and kindly, considerate, cheerful comrade."

Summary

Lance Corporal John Stanley Bone
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - Machine Gun Corps
Degree: N/A
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed. Member of University of Glasgow OTC
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/972
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/20

Sources

Obituary: Hillhead High School War Memorial Volume (War Memorial Committee, 1921)

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register

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