Warrant Officer George Ernest Shone, Royal Air Force, 75 Sqdn, 29 June 1942, shot down over Germany aboard Wellington on a raid to Hamburg, crashing at Belum, 20 km ESE of Cuxhaven. All five crew were buried at Brockenswade, but later reinterred at Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Additional service information may be found at the International Bomber Command Centre Losses Database
George Ernest Shone was the son of George Shone and Edith Olivia Gwladys Shone (nee Davies), born 5 September 1913. George senior was an engine driver resident at 78 Chester Rd, Lane End. George was the son of Samuel Shone and Ann Elizabeth Jones of Spon Green. George died in 1926 and Edith Olivia in 1977. Both were buried at St. Matthew’s where George Ernest is remembered on the gravestone.
Another son of Samuel and Ann, Edward Shone, was killed at Ypres in 1917.
Edith Olivia Gwladys Davies was the daughter of Hugh Ellis Davies and Margaret Oliver. Hugh was a draper in Lane End. Based on census records, the family came to Buckley from Montgomeryshire between 1892 and 1894. Gwyladys’s brother, Carey Hadden Davies became a well-known dentist in Lane End.
George Ernest’s father, George Shone had a sister, Margaret Olivia, who married Leslie Oswald Mott. Mott was shot down in a Lancaster over Germany 22 Sep 1943. Margaret Olivia lost a brother and a husband in little over a year both in bombers crashing in Germany.
George Ernest married Nellie Florence Moore in 1938. According to a newspaper account they had two children and lived in Hoole, Chester. From the 1939 Register it appears that while George Ernest was away in the RAF, Nellie was living with her parents, Daniel and Fanny Moore at 50 Westminster Road, Hoole.
From the Chester Chronicle, 2 October 1942: Warrant Officer G. E. Shone, RAF, who was reported missing on July 29th is now reported killed in action. According to a telegram received from the record office he was buried on July 31st at Zeutralfied, near Cuxhaven, Germany with military honours. Navigator G. E. Shone, a native of Buckley was the eldest son of Mrs. E. Shone and the late Mr. G. Shone, Lane End and nephew of Mr. Carey Davies. He was educated at St. Matthew’s School and Hawarden County School, joining the RAF when 16. He had had 13 years’ service and had served in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and had taken part in raids on Germany. His mother lives at Queensferry. Warrant Officer Shone was 29 and married. He leaves a wife and two children. Since his marriage he had lived at 50 Westminster Road, Hoole, Chester.
Chester Chronicle ROLL of HONOUR 21st July 1944: SHONE In remembrance of Eddie RAF who was killed in action over Germany July 28th/29th 1942. Our thoughts are always with you Mother Peggy & Graham 14 Fairfield Road, Queensferry.
George Ernest is named on the Roll of Honour at Hawarden County School and has been researched Mavis Williams. From the school admissions register: SHONE, Geo. Ernest, Date of birth 5th September 1913, 41, Chester Road, Buckley, father – Electrical Contractor, date of entry – 15th September 1925, St. Mathew’s , Buckley, date of leaving – 24th July 1929 – R.A.F.
George Ernest Shone was the 4th cousin once removed of Peter Kelsall. Also Carey Hadden Davies the dentist lived next door to my grandparents’ bakery (Iredale’s) in the Lane End.