1914-2014: Abergele & District Commemorations: Isaac Jones

Private 11126 Isaac Jones, 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 22nd Brigade, 7th Division. Killed in action 30 October 1914, First Battle of Ypres, aged 24.

[See Allen Davies (below) for details of events surrounding the annihilation of the 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 30 October 1914. Amongst the casualties of that day were two Abergele men, Isaac Jones and Allen Davies.]

A professional soldier. Son of John Lloyd Jones. Lived 3, Mount Pleasant, Abergele, along with his family. Born Abergele, enlisted Wrexham. Brother of John Thomas Jones who was severely wounded in the head on the same day that Isaac was killed, and who died the following day whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion (see future entry). In 1911 Isaac was still living at home with his widowed father and his older brothers, David Lloyd and Evan. Evan was later exempted from conscription. At that time, Isaac was employed as a Farm Labourer. He therefore joined the army at some point between April 1911 and August 1914. No known grave, Panel 22, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Abergele War Memorial. Abergele Town Memorial.

Isaac’s father received mixed messages as to the fate of his son for quite some time afterwards. In early January 1915 the family were informed that Isaac had been severely wounded on the one hand, and missing on the other hand. Officially he was posted as missing and this was still the case in July 1915. It was much later that assumption of his death on 30 October 1914 was received. Unlike Allen Davies, his body was either not recovered or not identified.

[ A memorial to the men, like Allen Davies and Isaac Jones, of the 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers who died ay First Ypres has recently been unveiled: click here ]

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