Edward Thomas (Ted) 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.
On Thursday 11 April he wrote to his wife a letter which was posted from Queenstown.
My darling wife,
We did try to cause some excitement before we left eh. I don't know whether you see it [presumably referring to the New York Incident, suggesting Mrs Stone had attended the departure and might have witnessed the incident].
It's very nice weather. I don't think this will be the crowning trip for we have all the transfers from the American Line. Anyhow we'll do the best we can trusting we shall bring something good from the other side.
When you write to Plymouth, you had better write on the Monday before we get in. Anyhow you can see what time we will be getting in then use your own discretion.
Well my pet, you must excuse short letter, you know my feelings.
I hope you told Mrs Kelly about the railway ticket.
Ta ta sweetheart. With all of my fondest love to my dear little wife. Yours ever your loving husband Ted'.
Edward's last letter was sold at auction in 2020.
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.
Edward is also remembered on his parent's headstone in Old Common Cemetery Southampton, section P98, plot 5.