Edward Charles "Ted" Bone

When faced with the task of researching the names on the Roll of Honour it has

sometimes transpired, that having set the research in motion, information turns up

quite unexpectedly  changing a few short facts into a much fuller picture. Ted Bone

is just such a case and research started with a first mention by Revd. F.H.Tatham in

the Parish Magazine for November 1915:

 

 

 

Checking the Census returns established several things. He was born to parents

Marshall Bone, of Little Ryburgh, baptised May 27th. 1855:

 

 

 

and Ellen Mary Curson, of Great Ryburgh baptised April 3rd 1864

 

 

Marshall and Ellen Mary married during Morris Fuller's unhappy incumbency and his

less than diligent filling in of the marriage register has left the couple as Mr and Mrs

Bunn in perpetuity!  

The Groom's father and mother were Rudd and Harriet Bone who the time of

Marshall's birth kept the Black Horse pub in Little Ryburgh.

The bride's father, John Curson was by then a widower who lived in one of a pair of

cottages that stood in the field by the corner of the road up to Little Ryburgh.

 

Marshall and Ellen had, according to the 1911 Census, 10 children of whom only 3

survived and they were Edward Charles the eldest , Emma Elizabeth and Violet Mary

the youngest.

There is a Maltings workforce photograph that was taken in 1901 and Marshall Bone

was present and is named on the photo standing in the back row. This is Marshall

when cropped out of the group:

 

 

 

It is thanks to his daughter Violet (who would have been aged 5 when that picture

was taken) that a number of photographs and postcards dating from the years

before and after WW1 were passed down the family and were brought  to our

attention by Violet's Great Grandson, James Neal who has kindly allowed

some of them to be shared on this site. 

Ted was born on 14th March 1887 according to his surviving service record and

baptised at St Andrew's on May 1st that year. Morris Fuller strikes again!

 

 

 

 

Ted would have started school at more or less the same time that Albert Foster took

up his post as Headteacher following the untimely death of Arthur Henry Bradley in

April 1891.The Bradleys were close neighbours of the Bone family and amongst

James Neal's collection are a number postcards addressed to the youngest Bradley

daughter, Mary. More interestingly are a series of postcards with typical sentiments

of  the period sent to Ted during 1915 from "Mary" .....but Mary who?

 

 

This is all before the reported "Jack Johnson" incident and a record of this encounter

doesn't appear in the service record that survives. What it does tell us is that his

occupation on joining was " motor engineer/chauffeur,” "drives car well”, and that he

 enlisted in Norwich 1st  September 1914 for 1 year  in the Norfolk Regt . The

attestation document states that he had already served 4 years with the 6th Cyclist

Btn. Norfolk Regt.

From  19/1/1916 he was with the ASC MT as a lorry driver with the 20th siege battery

and he was also promoted L/Cpl. He was 5’ 8 &7/8 inches tall, weighed 114 lbs. with

blue eyes and light brown hair

He first served in France on 24th March 1915 as shown on his Medal Index Card as

part of the Army Cyclist Btn of the B.E.F., a fact born out by the address on one of

Mary's  postcards sent to him in August 1915.

 

 

He was gassed 25th September 1918 and returned home the next month where he

was admitted to the Royal Albert Hospital at Woolwich on October 29th 1918 and

finally discharged from the Army on 22nd. February 1919.

 

This appears in the Parish Magazine in May 1918:

 

 

and the following month Ted gets another mention:

 

This excerpt also reveals two other connections to be found in James' collection.

"Orby" (Arthur George Osbourne) Bradley was the older brother of Mary Bradley, and

the Bone's neighbours near the school. He enlisted with the City of London Rifles and

first saw  action in France at the end of October 1915. He ended the war in the R.A.F.

via the Royal Flying Corps.

Albert Tash had worked at Starks shop opposite the Bone home before the War. He

 enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment and transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.

He married local girl Annie Eva Dodman on March 14th 1916 and after he had been

wounded, he sent Ted a P.C. in June 1918 which certainly backs up the report of his

impending home leave :

 

and writes:

 

 

Among James Neal's photographs are 27 images of soldiers, mostly unidentified.

However there are 4 which appear to feature the same man. In one of these he is

wearing "hospital blues" and this is signed on the reverse "Ted". This is surely Ted

Bone, sitting front right in the photo below and taken probably after he was gassed

in 1918 but certainly after 1916 when he became L/Cpl:

 

 

This card has a date impressed "9 Oct" and other indecipherable marks!

 

 

Ted seated. After 1916: A.S.C. Cap Badge and L/Cpl stripe

 

 

Uncertain date but surely Ted again, this time as a Private. The cap badge is too

indistinct to be sure of regiment but has to be the earliest of the photos before the

War took its toll

 

Ted Bone

 

 Ted looking the worse for his wartime experience?

 

 

None of these images are labelled "Ted Bone"  but circumstantially there is a strong case!

 

 

During both his period of training in Wiltshire and during his time in France he sent

home to his Mother and Violet postcards, mainly "tourist" views of war ravaged

Belgian and French towns, villages, and other landmarks. This one differs from

most in that it shows where he had dinner on his way to Trowbridge in March

1916 during his A.S.C. training:

 

 

On this one below, Ted says to show to the Revd. Tatham:

 

 

Nineteen of these cards have survived some with a brief commentary, others with

the request to "keep these"   or just "for Violet".  This one reads on the back :

 

"This was the hottest place I ever was at. Fritz use to shell it a lot but it is better now"

 

 

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