Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Thiepval Memorial
Regiment: Prince of Wales
Ernest Jones was born in 1898 in Chapel en Le Frith, the son of Edward and Martha nee Lomas.Ernest was the third youngest of seen children and two siblings from his mother’s earlir marriage.In 1900 the family moved to Bradford to live at 15 and 17 North Street in Idle.In 1911 most of the children had left home but the remainder were living with Thomas Wilcock who is shown as an uncle on the census. They were living at 7 Lordsfield Place, Dudley Hill and Ernest, at 14
years of age, was working as a doffer in a spinning mill. At the time of his enlistment he was employed by Messrs. W W Vint, worsted spinners, Eccleshill.Ernest enlisted at Private 23602 in the 2nd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own), which became part of the 8th Division which in turn became part of the
Fourth Army under the command of Sir Henry Rawlinson. The date of Ernest’s enlistment is not known or how long he had served on the Western Front but The Fourth Army was to carry out the main British contribution to the Battle of the Somme and to attack astride the Albert-Bapaume Road. The attack took place at 7.30am on the 1st July
1916 and was completely defeated and Ernest was pronounced “missing”. His family were informed later that summer that Ernest was officially confirmed a having been killed in action. He was 19 years of age.He is remembered on the Thiepval memorial where are recorded the names of officers and men who fell on the Somme Battlefields July 1915 to February 1918 but have no known grave.He left his effects to his siblings each receiving 7s 6d.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks