Private 41334 George Jones

Killed in Action on Monday, 15th April 1918, age 18.
Commemorated on Panel 34 to 35 and 162A of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

9th Bn., Norfolk Regiment. 71st Brigade of 24th Division.
Formerly 39048 South Staffs Regiment.

Son of Thomas and Lizzie Jones, of 156, Bloomfield Rd., Bloomfield, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Tipton.

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

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1633764/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
39a Coppice Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Jones (37, Labourer in Pig Iron Foundry, born Tipton), his wife Lizzie (32, born Tipton), and their 6 children: Levi (12, born Tipton), Mabel (10, born Tipton), Thomas (8, born Tipton), Annie (6, born Tipton), Eva (3, born Tipton) and George (18 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
23 Coppice Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Jones (47, Furnaces Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Lizzie (41, born Tipton), and their 10 surviving children of 14: Levi (22, Labourer, born Tipton), Mabel (19, born Tipton), Thomas (17, Baker, born Tipton), Annie (16, Domestic Servant, born Tipton), Eva (12, born Tipton), George (11, born Tipton), Bertie (8, born Tipton), Florrie (4, born Tipton), Ambrose (1, born Tipton) and Lily (6 months, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Brother of Thomas Jones. Originally of Old Cross Street, Tipton.

After George's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £0/7/6d (7 shillings and 6 pence); this was paid to his father, Thomas, in August 1919. His War Gratuity was £5/0/0d (5 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in August 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that George had enlisted in approximately January 1917.

Action resulting in his death

History of the Norfolk Regiment. April 13th - 15th the Battle of Bailleul.
"On April 1st the Norfolk Battalion was again moved to the front, this time to the Ypres salient. A threatened attack on the 11th did not materialise, and on the 14th the battalion went to Danoutre. Next day 'D' and 'A' companies were in the front line, 'C' in support at Crucifix Hill, and 'B' in reserve. Arrangements had been made for 'C' to counter-attack if necessary, but its losses, due to a continuous bombardment commencing at noon on the 15th necessitated 'B' taking its place as the counter-attacking force. Lt-Col FR Day was now in command.

At 2.30pm on the 15th the enemy advanced and by 3pm had obtained a footing in the front trenches. From these he was again driven by 'B''s counter-attack. 'B' now held the line, and also formed a defensive flank on the right, where it's flank was exposed by the capture of the front line there. Presently 'B' was forced to retire before the great strength of infantry and machine guns brought up by the Germans. Line was then formed along the railway, with the left of the battalion in touch with the 1st Leicesters at Clapham Junction. At 10.30pm the 71st brigade was ordered into divisional reserve behind Mt Kemmel. Here half the Norfolk battalion were dug in east of Locre, the other half on the road leading north-west into Kemmel. Here they remained until 8am on the 17th."

The trench strength of the Battalion on the subsequent day, 16th April, was only six officers and 150 men. "Soldiers Died in the Great War " shows 2 officers and 108 men killed on the 15th, amongst them George Jones who has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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