William Stoney (1898-1980)

William Stoney was a swimmer who took part in two Olympic Games and was the Yorkshire 200 yards breaststroke champion. He later worked as a council clerk for Huddersfield Corporation.


He was born on 9 May 1898, the son of blacksmith Fred Stoney and his wife Hannah Frances (née Foster), at Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire.[1]

By 1901, his family was residing at 13 Wilton Street, York. By 1911, they had moved to 90 Whitehead Lane, Primrose Hill, Huddersfield.

During the First World War, he was in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service from 1915 to 1916.

He likely studied swimming under Harry Mellor, who described himself as a "Professor of Swimming", and Stoney took part in the 200 metres breaststroke event at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp and the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Unfortunately he didn't progress beyond the opening heats.[2] At that time, he was reportedly the English 200 yards breaststroke champion.

By 1925, he was working as a municipal clerk for Huddersfield Corporation when he married Bessie Rothwell, daughter of powerloom weaver Ernest William Rothwell, on 24 October 1925 at St. Stephen's Church, Rashcliffe.[3] Is seems the couple did not have any children.

At the opening of the Cambridge Road Baths on 25 August 1931, the first swimmer was Miss E.T. Gledhill.[4] She was followed by Stoney who swam 100 yards in a time of 1 minute and 16 seconds, which was reportedly two-fifths of a second faster "than when he won the Yorkshire championship ten years ago."[5]

The 1939 Register listed him residing with Bessie at 174 Taylor Hill Road.

In February 1945, it was announced that he would take over the role of Mayor's Secretary and Managing Clerk of the Town Clerk's Department from George Lawton, who had been in that role since 1909.[6] He eventually retired in 1962.

Bessie Stoney died in 1975, aged 77.

William Stoney died in 1980, aged 81.

Notes and References

  1. An extensive family tree is available on Ancestry: http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/27542697/family
  2. http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/st/william-stoney-1.html
  3. Bessie Rothwell was born 29 November 1896.
  4. This was possibly Ellen T. Gledhill (born 1914) who married Frank Booth in Huddersfield in 1934.
  5. "Opening of £60,000 Baths" in Leeds Mercury (25/Aug/1931).
  6. "Borough Police Force Inquiry" in Yorkshire Post (08/Feb/1945).

William Stoney (1898-1980)


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