Edward Thomas Stone was born in Southampton, Hampshire 1, England on 18 July 1882.
He was the son of Edward George Brown Stone (1858-1954) Harriet Matilda Mantell (1862-1954). His father, a storekeeper, hailed from Dorset whilst his mother was a native of West Cowes, Isle of Wight. The couple were married in Dorset in late-1880 and went on to have five children. Edward's siblings were: Albert (b. 1885), Edith (b. 1894), Hester (b. 1896) and Adelaide (b. 1902).
Edward first appears on the 1891 census living at 94 Bedford Place, All Saints, Southampton and on the 1901 census at 7 Lodge Road, Shirley, by which time he was described as a billiard maker.
He was married in Southampton in 1910 to Violet Alice Pope (b. 27 July 1885), a native of Portsmouth. The couple would have no children.
Edward would miss the 1911 census but his wife would be listed as living at 81 Suffolk Road, Portsmouth, the home of her married sister Ethel Rose Alexander and her family.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 91 Shirley Road, Southampton. His previous ship had been the New York and as a second class bedroom steward he could expect monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Edward Stone died in the sinking. His body, number 243, was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and was buried at Fairview Lane Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia:
NO. 243. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 30. - HAIR, DARK.
CLOTHING - Black cloth overcoat; steward's coat; vest and pants; pajamas; "Stone" on trousers.
EFFECTS - Gold snake ring; two knives; ship's keys, marked '2nd Stateroom'; button hook.
TATTOO - On left arm; Japanese dragon; on right am, American flag and clasped hands.
243 Male - Estimated age, 24.
His widow Violet never remarried and remained in Southampton where she died in 1973.
© Bob Knuckle, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.