Sam Jones was born on the 9th of June 1892 in Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire one of 11 children of Edward and Martha, nee Barton.The family moved to Idle in the late 1890s. Martha died in 1907 aged 52 years followed by her husband Edward in 1911 aged 59 years.On the 1911 census the children are living with their aunt and uncle, Thomas and Maria Wilcock, at 7 Lordsfield Place, Dudley Hill.Sam at 19 years of age is working
as a labourer for a tinner and attending Eccleshill Baptist School. He later enlisted with the Royal Marine Light Infantry with a service number of Private PLY/15431(DEV). On the 1st of November 1914 he was serving on HMS Monmouth at Coronel off the coast of Chile when the British fleet were attacked. The Battle of Coronel took place in heavy seas and fading light and two British ships were sunk, the Flag Ship ‘Good Hope’ and HMS
Monmouth with the loss of 2000 lives. His aunt, a Mrs Jones of 1 Undercliffe Road and sister Martha had received a letter informing them that Sam was quite well. It had taken six weeks to arrive and it was the last letter he wrote. This letter was followed by a notification from the Admiralty that Sam had perished in HMS Monmouth in the South Atlantic. He was 22 years of age.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks