Rifleman S/2155 Frederick Thomas Jones

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Rifle Brigade panel on the Menin Gate, Ypres.

Killed in Action on Friday, 30th July 1915, age 24.
Commemorated on Panel 46 - 48 and 50 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

8th Bn., Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). 41st Brigade of 14th Division.

Son of Mrs Jones, of 22, Pearman Rd., Smethwick, Staffs.; husband of Mrs E. King (formerly Jones), of 58, Spencer St., Goswell Rd., London, EC1
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Rugby, Warks, Resident: Smethwick.

First landed France & Flanders, 20th May 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

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/1616716/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
15 Montague Road, Smethwick
William E. Jones (46, Cupola Man, born Tipton), his wife Mary Jones (35, born Tipton), and their 4 children: William Ellis (11, born Tipton), Frederick T. (10, born Tipton), Elsie L. (8, born Tipton), Constance Mary (2, born Tipton).

1911 Census
22 Pearman Road, Smethwick << This was his parent's address, but Frederick has moved out by 1911.
William Ellis Jones (46, Foundry Work, born Tipton), his wife Mary (45, born Tipton), and their 5 children: William Ellis (21, Foundry Work, born Tipton), Elsie Lilian (18, Warehouse Girl, born Tipton), Constance Mary (12, School, born Tipton), Doris Lily (7, born Smethwick) and Samuel Donald (4, born Smethwick).

Possibly Frederick was living at:
41 Tiverton Road, Smethwick
Boarding with William and Catherine Burton was Frederick Jones (21, Boarder, Moulder, born Tividale).

Marriage of Frederick T. Jones and Elsie Leary registered December quarter 1911 in Brimingham, the actual date was 22nd December 1911.
Birth of Gwendoline Elsie Mary Jones registered March quarter 1912 in Kings Norton, the actual date was 17th January 1912.

Personal Data

Frederick enlisted with the Rifle Brigade on 2nd September 1914; he had previously served with the 1st North Midlands Field Company of the Royal Engineers (Territorial Forces).

He was 23 years and 11 months of age, 5 feet 6 inches tall with a 36½ inch chest, and weighed 136 pounds. He had perfect (6:6) vision, brown eyes, dark brown hair, was Church of England, and was employed as a Core Maker.

Frederick was posted to the 8th Rifle Brigade on 11th September 1914 for his training which ended with his arrival in France on 20th May 1915. In this 8 month period Frederick was absent on 2 occasions (probably overstaying a period of leave). For the first instance he was ‘admonished’, and for the second instance punished with 5 days ‘Confined to Barracks’ and stopped 2 days pay. His final disciplinary issue was on 5th May 1915 when he was punished with 3 days ‘Confined to Barracks’ for “Irregular Conduct”.

Frederick was killed in action on 30th July 1915 at the ‘Action at Hooge’. His body was never identified and it was 1916 before the army officially recognised his death. On 25th March 1916, Frederick’s widow Elsie was awarded a pension of 15 shillings per week for herself and her only child. This was effective from 3rd April 1916 until March quarter 1919 when she married James King in London.

Frederick’s outstanding army pay of £3/9/5d (3 pounds 9 shillings and 5 pence) was paid to Elsie on 18th May 1916. His War Gratuity of £3/0/0d was paid on 18th August 1919 when his widow was Mrs E. King, living at 41 Morton Road, Islington, London.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

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