Reginald Guy Stone

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Lieutenant-Commander Reginald Guy Stone, D.S.O. (9 February, 18880 – 11 March, 1946) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Stone was born in London and gained seven months' time on passing out of Britannia. He was appointed to the battleship Revenge in mid-January, 1896.[1]

Stone was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1901.[2]

Stone was appointed in command of the destroyer Angler on 18 February, 1908. He would be superseded in the ship after a Court of Enquiry into a gambling dispute precipitated the Admiralty's severe displeasure upon Stone.[3]

Stone was appointed to the new battleship Superb on 20 May, 1909 and subsequently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1909. In October 1910, her Captain Herbert Heath limited Stone to three glasses of spirits a day. Though he found Stone up to standard "in a general way", he found that the Lieutenant-Commander lacked energy and responsibility.[4]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Goldfinch on 12 February, 1911.[5]

A 10 June 1913 collision between Nymphe, Goldfinch and Sheldrake prompted a caution to be issued to Stone for having not set an anchor watch when threatening weather loomed.[6]

On 1 April, 1915 Stone was tried by a Court Martial for stranding Goldfinch and was sentenced to be reprimanded. In July, he was appointed to the monitor M.18, to take command upon her commissioning. He commanded her through the end of the war and was commended for his work supporting the right flank of the British Army at Salonika.

In 1918, Stone was awarded the D.S.O. for his gallant conduct and services in the Mediterranean for the period ending 31 December 1917.[7]

On 11 December, 1918, Stone was appointed in command of the gunboat Ladybird. Considering this command along with that of Goldfinch seems to warrant some comment about "two birds with one Stone."

World War II

Stone volunteered his services in 1939 but was reportedly running a poultry farm single-handedly and thus he was granted a total exemption from naval service. On 29 November 1944, he was admitted to Royal Naval Hospital, Invergordon with heart arrhythmia. He died in March, 1946 of coronary thrombosis.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alfred B. Barker
Captain of H.M.S. Hardy
1 Feb, 1905[9][10] – 1 Apr, 1906[11]
Succeeded by
Charles W. Cock
Preceded by
Charles W. Cock
Captain of H.M.S. Havock
1 Apr, 1906[12][13] – 18 Feb, 1908[14]
Succeeded by
Charles W. E. Whish
Preceded by
Francis R. Wrottesley
Captain of H.M.S. Angler
18 Feb, 1908[15][16][17] – 24 Mar, 1909[18]
Succeeded by
Percy L. H. Noble
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Scorpion
? – 11 Jan, 1911[19]
Succeeded by
Andrew B. Cunningham
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Goldfinch
12 Feb, 1911[20] – 19 Feb, 1915[21]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. M.18
21 Jul, 1915[22][23] – 11 Dec, 1918[24]
Succeeded by
Vaughan A. E. Hanning-Lee
Preceded by
Vaughan A. E. Hanning-Lee
Captain of H.M.S. Ladybird
11 Dec, 1918[25][26] – 6 Feb, 1920[27]
Succeeded by
John F. Warton

Footnotes

  1. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  2. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  3. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  4. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 324.
  6. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  7. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  8. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  9. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  10. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 323.
  11. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  12. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  13. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 324.
  14. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  15. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  16. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 8 February, 1908. Issue 38564, col B, p. 7.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 276-7.
  18. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  19. Fabulous Admirals. p. 128.
  20. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 324.
  21. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  22. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  23. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395i.
  24. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  25. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  26. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 827.
  27. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.