WW1 Project Christopher Reynolds STONE <BACK


Biography

Warnham Address
Field Place
Date & Place of Birth
19th Sep 1882 Eton
Occupation
Author
Enlisted

Regiment(s)
22nd Service Bn (Kensington) Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Formerly 16th (Service) Bn (Public Schools) Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)
Rank
Major
Regimental No(s)

Service Record
France from 16th Nov 1915
Awarded MC in 1916 for bravery laying and repairing telephone lines under fire
Awarded DSO in 1918
Awards
D.S.O., M.C., Victory medal, British War Medal, 1914-15 Star
Died

22nd May 1965 Haslemere

Source(s)
Absent voters Oct 1918, Parish magazine, Medal card, Probate, Wikipedia.com, 1911 census
London Gazette
Notes
Was Esme Fairfax Chinnery's step-father

September 1916 Warnham Parish Magazine – Citation for Christopher Stone's Military Cross:

"Lt Christopher Reynolds Stone, for gallantry and devotion to duty, especially on two specified occasions – On the night of 1-2 August 1916 as there was no telephonic communication between Battalion Head Quarters and companies in the line, he personally laid a line, carrying the wire drum himself. The shell fire was so intense that a front line company which had been relieved was unable to move out. Snipers also were reported to be in the wood. He was out on the wire all night, mending it whenever a break occurred. On the night of 2-3 August he again laid a duplicate wire and remained out all night, repairing breaks under heavy shell fire and during a German Infantry attack. By his devotion to duty it was possible at a critical time to 'phone to companies in the front line that news had been received from the rear of a projected hostile attack. This message was received by front companies five minutes before hostile attack. Had there been no telephone, a message could not have reached them in time."

Later in July 1918 the magazine records that he is awarded a DSO. 

'Major Christopher Reynolds Stone, D.S.O., M.C. (19 September 1882 – 22 May 1965) was the first disc jockey in the United Kingdom.

He was educated at Eton College and served in the Royal Fusiliers. In 1906 Stone published a book of Sea songs and ballads and in 1923 he wrote the history of his old battalion. He became the London editor of The Gramophone, a magazine started by his brother-in-law Compton Mackenzie.

Stone approached the BBC himself with the idea for a record programme, which the corporation initially dismissed. Stone managed to convince them though and on 7 July 1927 he started playing records on air. His relaxed, conversational style was exceptional at a time when most of the BBC's presentation was extremely formal, and his programmes became highly popular as a result. He wore a dinner jacket and tie when he presented.

In 1934 Stone joined the commercial station Radio Luxembourg (for 5,000 pounds a year) and was barred by the BBC in consequence. Three years later, as "Uncle Chris", he presented the first daily children's programme on commercial radio, Kiddies Quarter Hour on Radio Lyons. Stone later rejoined the BBC and caused a major row in 1941. On 11 November he wished King Victor Emmanuel of Italy a happy birthday on air, adding "I don't think any of us wish him anything but good, poor soul." This good wish towards the head of a state Britain was at war with at the time led to the sacking of the BBC's Senior Controller of Programmes and tighter government control over all broadcasts.

Stone was an avid record collector; in the mid 1930s he already owned over 12,000. When he turned 75 in 1957 the magazine Melody Maker praised his pioneering work: "Everyone who has written, produced or compered a gramophone programme should salute the founder of his trade."'