1914-2014: Abergele & District Commemorations: John Thomas Jones

Private 8252 John Thomas Jones, 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 19th Brigade, 6th Division. Died of wounds 31 October 1914.

Known as Thomas. A former professional soldier and army reservist called up on the outbreak of war and in France from 13 August 1914. Son of John Lloyd Jones. Born and enlisted in Abergele. Lived with his parents at 3, Mount Pleasant, Abergele, before getting married. Once married he lived in Penmachno, near Betws y Coed. He had three children. He is not recorded on the Penmachno War Memorial. Brother of Isaac Jones, who was killed the day before whilst serving with the 1st Battalion (see below). Plot C. 13, Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. He shares a grave and headstone with Private J. Postlewaite of the 2nd Durham Light Infantry who was killed on the same day. Abergele War Memorial. Abergele Town Memorial.

John was seriously wounded in the head on 30 October and placed on a stretcher by a haystack, where he was seen by Private Bob (Robert) John Williams of Pwll Coch, who had, by chance, crawled for cover to the same haystack having been badly wounded in the back by shrapnel.

John’s father was informed of his son’s severe wounding in late November 1914. A week later came news that his son had died of severe wounds to the head. It was about the same time that news of Isaac going missing in action was also received.

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2 thoughts on “1914-2014: Abergele & District Commemorations: John Thomas Jones

  1. Andrew Hesketh:

    Thank you Nigel. I have come across this as part of my research. The chap behind it is doing a good job of building up lists of local war memorials.

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