Photograph of Pte George R. Jones
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|Subject||Jones, George R.|
|Title||Photograph of Pte George R. Jones|
|Notes||Pte George R. Jones 203068 4th Batt. Royal Welch Fusiliers|
Son of Catherine and late George Jones of Pentrebeirdd, Guilsfield. Joined in 1914. After much hard fighting was wounded in thigh, ear and hip and succumbed to these wounds on 8th April 1918 aged 23, and is buried at Estaples (Etaples?) Military, Plas-Calais.
Image from newspaper article Montgomeryshire County Times 20 April 1918. Report:
The death occurred on April 8th from wounds received in action the previous day of Pte George Robert Jones third son of Mr and Mrs George Jones of Pentrebeirdd, Guilsfield. Though he was only 20 at the time of his death, he pluckily volunteered at the outbreak and enlisted in the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry on the 9th August 1914. He went to France in November 1916. On April 7th he admitted to an American Military hospital with a wound in hip, thigh and ear. He was buried with full military honours in the British Military at Estaples. Before the war he was a wagoner with Mr Davies, Twll, Guilsfield. One of his brothers, John, is also serving in France.
Montgomerysire County Times report of 13 July 1918 about the brother of the above, reads: Pte John Jones son of late George and of Mrs Jones of Pentrebeirdd, Guilsfield who was wounded in France last month has had his leg amputated and has come over to hospital at Chichester where he is doing well as can be expected. He was a wagonner with Mr E Jones of Pentrebeirdd before the war. His brother recently died from wounds in France.
Mrs Jones: John was, after the war, a bus driver for the family business, and was familiarly known as 'John the Bus'...
This image is a sample from a folder of research undertaken by Mrs Jones into the men named on the war memorial (1914-1919) of Guilsfield parish (near Welshpool, Montgomeryshire - now Powys, in Wales). The names include: Frank Arthur, Ernest Charlton, Edward Evans, Robert Evans, Fred Evans, Charles Galliers, Robert Gainsford, Edward Griffiths,John Higgins, Edwin Jones, James Jones, Charles Jones, William Jones, Alan Langlands, Edward Lloyd, John Lloyd, Richard Morgan, Edward Morris, John Owen, Evan Phillips, Herbert Trevor, David E. Bailey, Herbert Bailey, Arthur Gough, Charles Jones, George R. Jones, Arthur T. Lewis, Mathew W.H. Morris, Richard D.H. Mytton, Gruffydd V. Trevor. Representing a number of regiments of the army, also the Royal Navy and the Royal Flying Corps. Also evident is the volunteers who joined up early in the war, as well as the tribunals which decided that even though farming was a reserved occupation that man-power being so scarce some men would be compelled to join the army, leaving their families, their aging fathers, mothers, sisters and younger siblings to continue to provide food for the war effort - an insight into the home-front in rural Wales.
|Item Date||4th August 1918|
|Copyright||The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor|
|Digital repository||The Great War Archive, University of Oxford|
|Contributor Name||Alun Edwards (Powys Archives submissions day)|
|Contributed on the behalf of||Mrs MJ Jones|