STONES, Gerald Cunliffe

1879 - 1917

Gerald Cunliffe Stones

Born at 23 South Brink, Wisbech St Peter, Cambridgeshire on 31 July 1879, but baptised at Cromford, Derby on 25 January 1893, son of Thomas Stones, manager of a timber merchant's, and his wife Maria Yelverton née Dawbarn, who married at Liverpool in 1874. By 1891 his father had retired and moved, when Gerald was an 11 year old living at Duffield Road, St Alkmund, Derby with his parents, 51 year old Thomas and 46 year old Maria, with siblings Lillian Mary 14, Francis Dawbarn 13, Robert Yelverton 9, all born at Wisbech, and Hilda Cunliffe 6, born at Liverpool. In 1901, a 21 year old art student living at Ashfield, Matlock Bath, Bakewell, Derbyshire with his siblings but by 1911 a 31 year old 'picture artist', boarding at Barking Road, Needham Market, Suffolk, the home of 53 year old spinster Mary Ann Lawson, who was born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1910-1913 and exhibited from The Grove, Needham Market in 1910 'Mist on the Floods', 'A Summer Haze', 'Autumn', 'Le Pont Neuf, Paris' and 'Homewards', all oil on canvas. He also exhibiting at Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery in 1903 from Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, and at the Royal Academy in 1910 from Needham Market, Suffolk. On 6 February 1913 he sailed on the 'Persic' from Liverpool, emigrating to Melbourne, Australia and was a farmer at Tresco, Victoria. On 21 May 1915 he enlisted in the 5th Infantry Battalion at Swan Hill and, after training at Seymour, commissioned in January 1916 and transferred to the Australian Flying Corps and trained as an observer before being posted to No 67 (Australian) Squadron. As a lieutenant, was killed at Belah in Egypt when his plane was brought down by anti-aircraft fire near Gaza on 30 May 1917, he was buried in Egypt's Kantara War Memorial Cemetery.