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Colin and Hedley Shone

Colin and Hedley Shone were brothers, sons of Walter Shone and Jesse Shone (nee Davies). They were born in Buckley and from a well-known Buckley family, but the family moved to Hawarden some time before the war. They are remembered on a family grave at St. Matthews and added to the names on the Hawkesbury Memorial in 2020. Hedley and Colin were second cousins, once removed of this biographer, Peter Kelsall.

Private Colin Shone, 1st Btn Cheshire Regiment, died July 13, 1939 at Suakin, East Africa (now Sudan), age 25. This was before the start of the war, but Colin was noted by his mother to have died on active service.

Private Hedley Shone, Royal Army Medical Corps, died in Egypt, October 25, 1940, age 22, and was buried at Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery.

Colin and Hedley were sons of Walter Shone and Jesse Davies. Walter and Jesse had three other sons – Walter, Clifford, and James Leonard. In 1911, and when Walter senior died in 1919, they were resident at 1, Sunnyside, Ewloe Place (also referred to as Sunnyside, Liverpool Road). By the time of the 1939 Register, Jessie had moved to 15 Oakfield Road, Hawarden. Hedley was living at home, listed as “painter at aircraft factory”. Colin was presumably in the army by this time.

Walter senior was the son of James and Arabella Shone.

Mrs. Shone’s losses were reported in the Liverpool Evening Express 26 Nov 1940.

A photo from the Buckley Archive shows Hedley at St. Matthew’s School in 1929, second from right second row).

Colin and Hedley are named on the Hawarden Memorial.


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