E. Jones

JONES, Edwin
2nd Lieut., 5th Battalion
(Duke of Cambridge's Own) Middlesex Regiment

Attached to 2/16th Battalion,
London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles)

Died - 23rd August, 1918 - killed in action

Buried at Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, France
Grave II.D.21

Cemetery photo     Photo 2

Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones was one of six children born to Thomas and Mary Ann Jones. Thomas originally came from Radnorshire and was born there in about 1857. Mary Ann was originally from Gloucestershire and was born in about 1859. Their children were all born in Nelson.

Besse - was born around 1871
John - was born around 1873
Henry - was born around 1875 - Killed at Gallipoli, Turkey on 13th August 1915
Selina - was born around 1878
Reginald Howard - was born around 1884, and
Edwin - was born around 1886. This meant that Edwin was 32 years old at the time of his death.

In 1891, Thomas was shown as a publican who ran the Nelson Inn public house while his daughter Besse was a barmaid, probably in the same pub.

John was a blacksmith while Henry was a clerk and weigher. Both worked in the coal mining industry.
Thomas, Besse, John, Henry and Selina were able to converse in Welsh as well as English, while the remainder were limited to speaking English only.

In 1901, Edwin is shown as living with ‘other relatives’ at:

20, High Street, Nelson, Glamorgan

By 1915, the family had moved to “Brynhyfryd”, Heol Fawr, Nelson.


April 27th 1918.

Mr Edwin Jones, son of Mrs Jones, Brynhyfryd, Heol Fawr, Nelson has been granted a commission in the Middlesex regiment, and is now home for a few days prior to going up to the front. Mr Jones was on the staff of a British bank in Brazil when war broke out, but patriotically returned to this country and joined the Suffolk Regiment. He served with them in France with the rank of Sgt, and was severely wounded at the battle of The Somme in 1916. 2/Lt brother Harry Jones was killed in the Gallipoli campaign.

Another brother is serving in the navy as a wireless operator whilst the oldest brother, Sgt Major Jim Jones, who also served through the South African war, was recently discharged.


Sept 7th 1918.

Killed in action.

Mrs Jones, Brynhyfryd, Heol Fawr, Nelson, has received official notice that her youngest son, 2nd Lieutenant Edwin Jones, Middlesex regiment, was killed in action on August 24th.
Lt Jones in civil life was on the staff of a British bank in San Paolo, South America, but on the outbreak of war came back to this country and enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment. He saw service with them in France and was severely wounded on one occasion, subsequently accepting a commission in the Middlesex Regiment.
Lt Jones was 32 years of age and leaves a widow who resides at Leigh-on-Sea.
His brother Private Harry Jones (Welsh Regiment) was killed at the Dardanelles in 1915.
This is the second Nelson officer to fall in action and brings the village death roll up to 34.

[Source: Merthyr Express]

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