Thomas Sone (1838 - 1921) MP

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Birthplace: West Street, West Malling, Kent, England
Death: Died in Hartlip, Kent, England
Cause of death: Heart failure
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Obituary of Thomas Sone 1838 - 1921

Death of Mr T Sone - On Friday last week in Hartlip lost one of its eldest and most respected parishioners in the person of Mr Thomas Sone, of Street Farm. The circumstances connected with his death were somewhat uncommon. He was hop-picking in Messrs Wakeley's hop garden, when he had a seizure, and slipped off his seat on to some hop bin's. At the time of the seizure he was joking with his companions. But the old gentleman never spoke again, for he expired in a few minutes. Dr Penfold, of Rainham, was summoned, and the deceased was not moved until his arrival; but when the doctor came he was able to say that death arose from heart failure. The case was reported to the Coroner, but an inquest was deemed unnecessary. Mr Sone, who was 83, was a native of Town Malling.

He came to Hartlip in 1862 and entered the service of the late Mr Webb of Parsonage Farm. For three generations he served this family faithfully and well, and at the end of 56 years service he was penisioned off. His long association with this family was one of those instances where master and servant are bound by a link of mutual regard and respect, and types of this character are, alas, rapidly disappearing in this utilitarian age.

Mr Sone was a well-educated man, and brought a shrewd intellect to bear on some of the problems of the day. He was of a bright, cheery temperament, quick to see the humorous side of life. for well over half-a-century he was quite a prominent character in village life. He was a good tenor vocalist, and for fifty years had been a member of the church choir. At village concerts no programme was complete unless Mr Sone contributed some of his comic songs, which always secured for him an encore. When the Hartlip Band flourished Mr Sone, who played the clarinet, was one of its prominent members. When the Cottage Gardeners Society was formed in the village, he became a member, and at the annual show last year (1920), secured one of the two certificates of merit, which were awarded for cottagers gaining most points in the show.

Mr Sone was, indeed a man of many parts. Practically with a joke on his lips he has passed beyond the veil and his memory is honored and respected by all the parishioners. Mr Sone, who was a widower, leaves four sons and two daughters.

The interment of the deceased took place in the village churchyard on Tuesday afternoon, amid general manifestations of sympathy and respect.

Service was held in the church conducted by the Vicar (the Rev J S McMillian) and there was a large congregation present, including Lieut-Colonel H Lumley Webb and Mrs Webb, Mr and Mrs Arthur Webb, Mr Richard Webb, Lieut-Colonel R G E Locke, Mr W Luck, Mrs Crallen, Sir William Haggard, Colonel Hancox, Miss C M G Faussett-Osborne, Mr McMillian, Mr J Lebrun, Miss B Kitney, Mrs E Friar, Mrs Musselwhite, Miss Minnie Mills, mrs J Brunning, Mr Spice and others.

The chief mourners were:- Mr W Sone, Mr H Sone, Mr F Sone and Mr G Sone (sons)

Mrs E Smith and Mrs A Sitch (daughters)

Mr T E Sone and Mr P Smith (grandsons)

Rev W Stonestreet (nephew, Snodland)

Mrs H Sone and Mrs G Sone (daughters-in-law)

Mr W Sitch (son-in-law)

Miss Pengally and Miss Smith (cousins)

Mr and Mrs Wiilliam Miles and Mr Cryer

Floral tributes were as follows:-

In loving memory of a dear Father - from Bill and Carrie (Brighton) At rest (wreath)

In everlasting memory of a dear Dad, one of the best Fathers - from the three at home, Emily, Fred, and Pat. Safe in God's Home (wreath)

In everlasting memory of a dear Dad, one of the best Fathers - from Aggie and Will. Safe in God's Home (wreath)

In loving memory of a dear old Dad,the very best - from Harry, Connie and May. Call it not death, tis a life begun (wreath)

In fond and loving memory of the best of fathers - from George, Vi and baby George. At rest (wreath)

In loving remembrance of a dear Sonie - from Margaret (his little friend) (spray)

In loving remembrance of Uncle Tom - from all at Tonbridge (wreath)

In affectionate rememberance - from Colonel Lumley Webb and Mrs Webb (cross)

In affectionate memory - Miss Margery, Miss Topsy and Mr Richard Webb

In affectionate remembrance of a dear old friend - from Mr J Highley and family, Chatham (wreath)

With deepest sympathy - Mr and Mrs Mills and family (cross)

With deepest sympathy - from Mr and Mrs Davison and family. Ever in our thoughts (cross)

In deepest sympathy of a dear old Mr Sone - from a friend Eleanor Sage (wreath)

With sympathy and respect - from the Band and Conductor (wreath)

With deep sympathy - from Mr and Mrs Ralph Locke (wreath)

With sincere condolences - from William and Lady Haggard, Hartlip House (wreath)

With sincere sympathy and affectionate remembrance - from Mr and Mrs Arthur Webb (wreath)

With sincere sympathy - from Mr and Mrs Acott, perfect peace (spray)

In fond memory - from Harry, Emmie and Patrica (cross)

With sincere sympathy - from Mrs G Eason and family (Maidstone) (wreath)

With kind sympathy - from Mr Faussett-Osbourne and his sisters (wreath)

In affectionate remembrance - from Mr and Mrs Smith and family (Sheerness) (spray)

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr Bates, Newington. a few hours after the deceased had been laid to rest a half-muffled peal, containing 720 changes of Plain Bob Minor was rung on the bell of the Parish Church as a token of respect to his memory by the following members of the Kent County Association of Change Ringers:-

W G Kitchinham treble, W A Miles 2, J Harriss 3, E C Boakes 4, T E Sone 5, and W J Walker tenor. The ringing was conducted by Mr T E Sone, eldest grandson of the deceased.

Malling June qtr, 5, 322

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Thomas Sone's Timeline

1838
June, 1838
West Malling, Kent, England
July 29, 1838
West Malling, Kent, England
1863
1863
Age 24
Hartlip, Kent, England
1867
November 1, 1867
Age 29
Hartlip, Kent, England
1870
1870
Age 31
Hartlip, Kent, England
1877
1877
Age 38
Hartlip, Kent, England
1880
June, 1880
Age 42
Hartlip, Kent, England
1881
1881
Age 42
Hartlip, Kent, UK
1921
1921
Age 82
Hartlip, Kent, England
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