Frederick Stonier, Private 267894, 1st/6th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 26th March 1918 in France, aged 36
Frederick Stonier was born on 7 May 1882, and baptised on 3 July 1882 at Sunderland Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, the son of Ann Jane and William Stonier, a silk warehouseman of Daybrook St, Hurdsfield. In 1891, eight-year-old Frederick was living at 90 Daybrook St, Hurdsfield, with his parents and siblings John (22), Annie (17), Isabella (10), William (7) and Josiah (3). By 1901 Frederick’s father had died, the family had moved to 11 Cumberland St, Macclesfield, and Frederick was working as a silk dresser.
In 1911, Frederick was working as an insurance agent and living at 11 Cumberland St with his two older sisters, Annie and Isabella; the following year he married Mary Woodcock.
The death of Private Stonier was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 19 April 1918:
Mrs Stonier, 11 Longden St, off Buxton Rd, Macclesfield, has received news that her husband, Pte Frederick Stonier, has been killed in action. He was formerly in the employ of the local branch of the Prudential Assurance Co.
Private Frederick Stonier is commemorated on Panel Ref. 35 and 36 of the Pozieres Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frederick Stonier, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Elsewhere, he is named in the Prudential Assurance Roll of Honour.
Brother of William Stonier, who served as Private 55130 with the Machine Gun Corps and was killed on 23 June 1918; and Josiah Stonier, who served as Private 252895 with the 483rd Labour Coy and survived the war.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Cheshire Non-conformist & Roman Catholic Registers (Find My Past): Baptisms
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
WWI Britain Absent Voters’ Lists (Find My Past)
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 19 April 1918