James Bone

James Bone was born in 1872 (and died in 1962), having spent his early life working in shipping, before becoming a journalist, and working for many years as the London editor of the Manchester Guardian, for whom he wrote a regular ‘London Letter’. His younger brothers, David William, and Muirhead, were respectively a novelist and a war artists (the first official war artist). Together with a friend, they used a collaborative posedonym, James Hamilton Stuart, to produce books – their Glasgow in 1901 being particularly admired. Bone was a clear, careful and assiduous journalist who settled in England during retirement with his wife.

There is a nice piece by him about his survival in 1940 of the torpedoing of The Western Prince here (another survivor was Vera Brittain’s husband). He is to the right of this photograph; on the left is W.P.Crozier, the sixth of only ten editors The Guardian has had since its inception in the 1820s:


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