Edward Shone was the son of Samuel and Ann Elizabeth Shone of Spon Green. In 1901 the family at Spon Green were Samuel 52 coal miner, Anne 52, Thomas J 27, Lilly 21, Edward 14, George 10, Hannah 8, Emily 7.In 1911 the family was living at Alexandra Terrace (Square): Samuel 61 coal miner, A. E. wife, 61, Edward 25 boot repairer, Emily 17. Edward was born at Banfurlong near Wigan in 1887. George and Hannah were also born at Banfurlong, the other children at Buckley. Banfurlong was a coal mining community and so it seems likely that the family moved there for a few years looking for work. The 1911 census shows that Samuel and Ann Elizabeth had 14 children with only 7 still living in 1911.
We know from a newspaper account that Edward left a widow and two children. His wife’s name is not provided and her identity is not known. One possible marriage is Edward Shone married Sarah A Griffiths in Liverpool March quarter 1912. One of the children may have been Edward E. born 1914. Sarah A. may have married Thomas Bellis in 1918..
Edward’s death was announced in the County Herald, June 22, 1917
We regret to learn that Mrs. E. Shone, of Park Road, Buckley, has been officially notified of the death of her husband, Gunner Edward Shone in action which occurred during the fighting on the 3rd of June. The deceased soldier enlisted soon after the commencement of the war, and he had been on active service for a year and eight months. He was 31 years of age, and before the war he was employed as a boot maker. Much sympathy is felt for the young widow and two children in their great bereavement.