About Charles Henry Sone
Like his siblings he was educated at Mary Gibbons Charity School, Hartlip.
Obituary Charles Henry Sone 1867- 1951 The obituary has been taken from The Ringing World dated 9th March 1951 (Page 155)
The news of the death of Mr. Charlie Sone on February 20th came quite unexpectedly, but influenza and bronchitis in its wake has claimed another victim and we shall see our ?grand old man? no more. Charles Henry Sone was born at Hartlip, Kent, on November 1st 1867, and lived all his long life in the ?Garden of England?, tending its soil as only a gardener knows how. For nearly 40 years he had lived at Linton. On the ridge of hill which overlooks the glorious Weald country, and it is with this village that his name is identified. Yet Mr. Sone was nearly 45 when he moved into Maidstone District of the Kent County Association where he was soon playing an active role at its meetings. So when in 1924 he was elected District Secretary in succession to Mr. S. Hayzenelden he was already in his 57th year. He held office until 1935 but, as a war emergency, took over for a second time at 72 years of age and held the fort for a further seven years before finally relinquishing command. |It was little wonder then that his Association recognised his work by electing him to a vice-presidency and that his ringing colleagues sought to show their esteem by the presentation of a radio set. That day, just over 70 assembled at Linton to do him honour will long be remembered. Charlie Sone rang his last peal at Wrotham on April 1st 1939, to complete a list which, if not in the higher flights, is still most impressive for one who enjoyed little opportunity for venturing far afield. Indeed, all but two of his total of 284 were rung in Kent, the exceptions being in neighbouring Sussex. Of these he conducted 52, and his son, T. E. Sone, another 153. Peals were scored in 54 Kent towers, but over 60 per cent, were rung in seven towers only ? Aylesford 12; Hadlow 15; West Malling 23; Headcorn 26; Staplehurst 27; Marden 31; and Linton 40. Perhaps it is appropriate that the favourite method of this very Kentish Kentish-man was Kent Treble Bob. But what shall we remember of the man himself? Three characteristics stand out; first a generosity of spirit which precluded any thought of unkindness, malice or even anger; secondly, a physical generosity which was very evident in the household at Linton whether providing a much appreciated tea to the peal band or giving a filling breakfast and a shilling for the pocket to the vagrant; thirdly, a mannerism, when standing, of sticking his thumbs in the armpits of his waistcoat. It was, therefore, with a feeling of thankfulness for a life well lived that we bore witness to the committal of his bodily remains to his beloved soil in the precincts of Linton Church, the words of the Nunc Dimittus springing into life as we sang them: Now lettest Thy servant depart in peace. Now ringing fiends then found their way up the ladder through the trap door to the old familiar ringing chamber and paid their respect in the way that Charlie would have wished.