Gerald Johnstone Lipyeatt Stoney was born 17th June 1884, son of Johnstone Thomas Stoney and Arabella Louisa (nee Lipyeatt). He was educated at St. Columba's College, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland.
On the 19th May 1905 he passed his qualifying examinations and transferred from The Clare Royal Garrison Artillery (Militia) to the Worcestershire Regiment and was commissioned as a 2/Lieut.
He was promoted to rank of Lieutenant on the 5th February 1908.
On the 13th August 1914 he embarked with the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment to France, landing at Boulogne the following afternoon (14th). On the 22nd October 1914 he was promoted to rank of Captain.
On the 25th February 1916 he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps, Military Wing as a Wing Adjutant.
He rejoined the Worcestershire Regiment and on the 18th October 1918 made acting Major while serving as Major with Headquarter Company of the Battalion.
Whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion he was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette 1st January 1918).
Appointed Acting Lieut.-Colonel of the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from 24th January to 24th April 1918 and from 24th June 1918 to 9th November 1918.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) for his actions at Neuve Eglise in April 1918. His citation read: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He maintained his battalion headquarters in a village for many hours after the greater portion of that village had fallen into enemy hands. By doing so he undoubtedly delayed the enemy's subsequent advance, and inflicted heavy casualties on him. His brilliant example of gallantry and tenacity had a special value in greatly stimulating the courage of all ranks." (London Gazette 16th September 1918).
He was also Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 28th December 1918).
After the First World War he was appointed Acting Lieut.-Colonel of the Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry Cycle Regiment from 1st March 1919.