James Frederick SHONE
Rank: Private
Number: 8682
Unit: 26th Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 18 April 1918
Age: 26
Cemetery: Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery, Lindenhoek, Belgium

Frederick Shone and Annie Hill had married in the late 1880s at St Paul's Church, Portwood. Nothing is known of James' family life. He worked as a clerk in the offices of the Broadstone Spinning Company on Broadstone Road, Reddish, until he enlisted into the army in 1915. Most of the early recruits to the Royal Fusiliers previously had "white collar" jobs and the 26th Battalion was unofficially known as the "Bankers Battalion" with many members being ex-employees of banks or accountancy practices.

At the time of his death, James had been seconded to 2nd Army's Central School of Instruction where he was the chief shorthand writer. In the relative safety of the School, to the west of the town of Ypres, he was unlucky to be killed by a shell.

   
           
   
     
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