|Herbert and Albert Coney were brothers. Their sister, Mrs Lampard of Prospect Villas, Oxenden Road, Tongham, wrote a letter to the Ash War Memorial committee.
Petty Officer Stoker 304521 on the submarine HMS E36, Royal Navy
Herbert Coney’s wife was called Lucy, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives her address as Macdonald Downs, Hawarden, New Zealand.
Herbert Henry Coney’s Service Record reveals that he was born in Belgium 2 October 1883. He enlisted on 10 July 1903 for 12 years, and gave his occupation as porter. He was 5 feet 5 inches tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. The final entry in the list of ships he served in over the 14 years of his naval career shows that he was serving on the submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone from 18 December 1916 until he was lost on duty on HMS E36. (TNA ADM/188/496)
The Naval Medal and Award Rolls record that he had earned the 1914/15 Star. His medals were sent to his widow.
HMS E36 was lost in the North Sea, possibly after an accidental collision with HMS E43.
Corporal S/389641 66th Field Bakery, Army Service Corps
Albert Coney was born in Egham. The 1901 census records the boys living in College Road, Ash, near Windmill Crossing, with their mother Elizabeth. Herbert 18 was a railway engine cleaner and Albert 14 was a baker’s assistant. The 1891 census confirms that their father was Frederick Coney. In 1911 Albert was a baker and was living in Ripley.
Albert Coney’s medals card reveals that he was formerly in the Lincolnshire Regiment (15570), and that he went to France 16 June 1915, and was awarded the 1914/15 Star.