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Born: 1883
Died: 25 April 1918
Address: 171 Mount Street, Eccleshill
Parents: William Edwin & Sara Jane, nee Gummersall
Spouse: Bridget, nee maloney
Siblings: Emily, Sarah
Occupation: Greengroccer
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Ecccelshill; Tyne Cot Memorial
Children: Nellie, John Wm, Louise
Regiment: 1/6 West Yorkshire
John Jones
John Jones was born in 1883 the second of three children of fish hawker William Edwin Jones and Sarah Jane, nee Gummersall. Records for this family are scant and by 1911 John is married with a family and living at 53 Moody Street. In 1904 he married Bridget Maloney and they had two children, Nellie born 1905 and John William in 1911. Their third child Louis was born in 1915. At the time of the census John’s sister Sarah Emma was living with
the family and John was working as a greengrocer on his own account. John enlisted on the 12th November 1916 as Private 242646 in the 1/6th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). This battalion formed part of the West Riding 49th Division. They took part in the the third German offensive known as the Battle of the Lys 9th April to the 29th April 1918 which was initially successful but the attack was held after British and French reserves
were found. The Battle of Bailleul took place on the 13th to 15th of April and John survived this only to be killed on the first day of the second Battle of Kemmel on the 25th to 26th of April. He was 34 years of age. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial John left his effects to his widow Bridget and children who on the 11th of June 1919 received £14.0.5d which included his War Gratuity of £9.10s.
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. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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