John Wilfred Toone

I think the Leave book has the initials wrong. There was probably only 1 Toone in ADRIC and that was WT Toone

John Wilfred Toone was born in February 1897, the son of a veterinary surgeon, and was educated at Rossall School before being gazetted to the Royal Irish Rifles as a 2nd Lieutenant in August 1915. Transferring to the Royal Flying Corps shortly thereafter, he qualified as a pilot on Maurice Farmans at Farnborough in early September (Certificate No. 1692) and was posted to No. 11 Squadron out in France early in 1916 after gaining further experience in No. 10 (Reserve) Squadron at Joyce Green.

Having fought at least one combat on 31 March 1916, over Souchez against an Aviatik tractor-biplane with rings painted on its sides to simulate cockades, Toone and his Observer, 2nd Lieutenant E. B. Harvey, late of the Artists’ Rifles, were downed in their F.B. 5 in a combat with three enemy aircraft over Vaulx on 2 July - he and Harvey were taken P.O.W.

Repatriated in December 1918, Toone returned to regimental employ in the Royal Irish Rifles in early 1920, after an appointment in the Air Ministry.

1897 Feb 3. Born Otis, New Mexico, USA

1911 census at Wandsworth, London

1914 Attending Rossall School

1915 Aug 11. Commissioned 2nd Lt with R Irish Regt from Sandhurst

1915 Sep 4. Gained Aviators Cert no 1642

RAF Record

1916 Jul 2 to 11 Dec 1918 POW in Germany

1916 Oct 5. Promoted Lt

1920 Feb 4. Relinquishes his RAF commission and returns to the Army

Joined ADRIC. Posted to J Coy

Fined £5 and £1 by Coy Commander

1922 Jan. Appears to have served until demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 May 30. Leaves UK for Jamaica. Lt in W I Regt (from R I Regt)

1922 Sep 13. Lt in S Staff Reg with seniority 15 Sep 1916. And to remain seconded

1924 Died in Jamaica, West Indies

Funeral of Lt J.W. Toone on Monday In the presence of a large gathering on Monday afternoon the mortal remains of the late Lieut John Wilfred Toone of the West India Regiment were laid to rest at the Military Cemetery at Up Park Camp with full military honours. At a few minutes after 4 o'clock, a short funeral service was conducted in the Garrison Chapel by the Rev. W. H. Miller, Chaplain of the Forces. The hymn "Abide with me" was sung by the large congregation led by the band of the West India Regiment under Bandmaster Turner. This part of the service concluded, the march to the grave was commenced. The procession which wan about a quarter of a mile long was headed by the firing party under Lieut. Flood and the band which played the 'Dead March in Saul. At the grave, the service was conducted by the Chaplain of the Forces The usual Military ceremony was then carried through. The pall bearers-were Lieut.'Cameron, Lieut. Salter, Lieut. Symonds, Lieut. Cocksodge and Lieut. Bake-well. Amongst those- who attended were His Excellency the Acting Governor, Col. W. Miller, Acting General Officer Commanding the Forces', Col. Thewles, Col. Dennlston, Capt. Green, and all the officers of the Garrison, Mr. W. H. Sldley, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Detective Inspector L. R. O'Hanlon, Inspector Orrett, Mr. W. B. Powell, Mr. C. 6. Morrison, Mr. 0. Seymour Seyraouf, Dr. Geoghegan, Mr. A. Malabre and Mr. P. Duff. The wreaths which were placed over the grave were numerous.

 

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