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Shone, Hedley

Hedley Shone is the brother of Colin Shone, please click on the link to read his story.   Hedley was born in the December quarter of 1918, the son of Walter & Jessie Shone, (nee Davies) who had married in the June Quarter of 1905 in a Civil Ceremony (Flintshire (Mold) HAW/02/E81).   Hedley was Baptised on the 29th May 1919 Hedley s/o Walter & Jessie SHONE (nee Davies), Ewloe Place, Buckley, Miner.

I have no information Hedley’s childhood and teenage years, so any information gratefully received.

Please follow Colin’s story for the family history, but we see Jessie, she is seen living at 15 Oakfield Road , Hawarden, Flintshire on the 1939 National Register taken on the 29th September 1939.

This source gives us her birth date of the 25th September 1880 and as most women who do not have a job, especially married women, she is said to be doing “Unpaid Domestic Duties,” although in this case Jessie is widowed.  In the household is Clifford Shone, born on the 29th August 1912 and was a Packer Annealing in the Dipped Sheet Mills (Probably John Summer’s & Sons) and he is single although he does marry in the December quarter of 1939 to Hannah Hughes in St. Mary’s Church, Mold. (Flintshire (Mold)                C16/7/59).  Hedley, is shown on this source, so he mustn’t have enlisted* at that moment.   Hedley’s date of birth is shown as the 21st November 1917 and he was a Painter in the Aircraft Factory and single.

*Conscription was for men who were over the age of 20 years.   Hedley was 22 in 1939.   So he may have enlisted or was conscripted.

Jessie was to suffer two tragedies in a short time, as first Colin was to die in a far off country before the war and then she was to lose Hedley 15 months later, again in a far off country, unable to be there for them nor to visit their graves.

Please click on the link to read about the R.A.M.C. on Colin’s page, I do wonder if Hedley went into the R.A.M.C. because of Colin and his death.

https://www.qaranc.co.uk/british_military_hospital_egypt_bmh_alexandria.php

British Military Hospital Egypt BMH Alexandria

The history of BMH Alexandria Egypt including events in the Second World War such as the battle of El Alamein

Excerpt from the above:-

Another account in the book “The Roses of No Man’s Land by Lyn MacDonald” comes from VAD nurse Kit Dodsworth of No. 19 General Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt about how she heard of the Armistice being signed after a busy day caring for victims of an influenza outbreak that cost many lives.

Below is a photo of 19 General Hospital Egypt from a postcard marked with the date 5/10/1915. Laurence McDonald found this postcard among his late grandmother’s effects. The message on the reverse is headed ‘On Active Service’. The signature is unfortunately illegible. His grandmother was living in Aylsham, Norfolk in 1915 and he would have been 19 years old.  Many thanks to the above website.

N.B. This was where Hedley was stationed, albeit a photograph which was taken in 1915, but would probably have been much the same 24 years later.  It is just to give an idea where he died.

I have downloaded a PDF of a Diary that an Officer in the R.A.M.C. wrote and it includes  the time he was at the 19th General Hospital in Fayid, Egypt – A Doctor Goes to War – 19th Gen Hospital, Egypt 1942 – 1945, I can send it to you if you are interested, as it describes what  was like working there. (Starts from page 192 on the PDF (Part IV Field General Hospital in the Middle East.)) https://wellcomelibrary.org/item/b1875420x#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0&z=-0.6848%2C-0.0744%2C2.3696%2C

Also Downloaded another PDF with photographs of British Military Hospitals throughout the world, including Fayid, Egypt. (Page 212 – 220 on the PDF. –  Circa 1950’s – Countess Mountbatten of Burma visiting Fayid.) https://wellcomelibrary.org/item/b18829442#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=65&z=-0.0895%2C-0.037%2C1.1791%2C0.7406

The  Casualty List (Page 12) tells us that he “Died,” so was not wounded, but probably died of a tropical disease, sadly we do not know anymore, but if you would like to get his Service Records, the you can apply , as family, to:-  https://www.ctp.org.uk/military-disclosures-addresses

Army

Disclosures 1 (MP 520)

Army Personnel Centre

Kentigern House

65 Brown Street

Glasgow

G2 8EX

Tel: 0345 600 9663

If anyone can shed any light on Hedley’s life or death, please get in touch with the website, so his sacrifice won’t be forgotten and he will be remembered for perpetuity.

Both Hedley and Colin were sadly missed by Jessie and the family as they made sure that their names were added to the WW2 War Memorial at Hawarden.

Jessie survived till 14th July 1951 – Hawarden, Flintshire

GRANT HIM, O LORD, ETERNAL REST AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON HIM


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