Private 203687 Frederick Jones

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Killed in Action on Friday, 26th April 1918, age 32.
Commemorated on Panel 90 to 92 and 162 to 162A of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

4th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 7th Brigade of 25th Division.

Husband of Mrs Alice Jones, of 23, Harding Street, Smethwick, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Smethwick.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1633757/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
37 Harding Street, Smethwick, Staffs.
Edward Jones (50, Saw Setter at Timber Yard, born Wolverhampton), his wife Ruth (48, born Tipton), and their 6 children: William (21, Machinist at Scale and Weighing Machine Maker, born Great Bridge), Charlotte (18, born Great Bridge), Frederick (15, Errand Boy at Railway Carriage Works, born Great Bridge), Amy (13, born Darlaston), Henry (10, born Darlaston), and Arthur (7, born Darlaston).

1911 Census
37 Harding Street, Smethwick, Staffs.
Edward Jones (59, Saw Sharpener, born Wolverhampton), his wife Ruth (58, born Tipton), and 5 of their 8 children: Charlotte Evans (28, born Darlaston), Frederick (25, Moulder, born Great Bridge), Harry (21, Frame Fitter, born Darlaston), Arthur (17, Saw Sharpener's Assistant, born Darlaston), and Alfred (10, School, born West Bromwich).

Frederick and Alice M. Taylor married on 22nd April 1911 at Smethwick, and lived at 23 Harding Street next to Alice's parents. They had no children.

Personal Data

After Frederick's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £4/14/4d (4 pounds, 14 shillings and 4 pence); this was paid to his widow, Alice M., in August 1918. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his widow in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Frederick had enlisted within the previous 12 months.

Action resulting in his death

The Battle of the Lys from 7th to 29th April 1918 was the second phase of the German Spring Offensive, the German objectives were to capture Ypres and to force the Allies back towards the coast. The 4th South Staffs had over 165 men killed from the commencement of the German Spring Offensive (21st March 1918) until the close of the Battle of the Lys (29th April 1918), with the 10th and 26th April particularly costly days.

While the 25th Division, including the 4th South Staffs, were out of the line recovering from their losses, the Germans attacked and captured the key position of Kemmel Hill. The 25th Division were sent back to the line to counter attack on 26th April, this became known as the Second Battle of Kemmel. The attack commenced at 3am on 26th April after heavy overnight rain. Assisted by fog but held up by the flooded Kemmelbeek, the objectives were captured although the line of the railway could not be held and the troops consolidated. Casualties were light at first but heavier in the withdrawal from the railway position.

The 4th South Staffs had 28 men killed on 26th April, amongst them were Tipton men Frederick Jones and Frederick Lloyd. Like the majority of the 28 men, both Frederick Jones and Frederick Lloyd have no known grave and are commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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