Private 19313 George Frederick Jones

Killed in Action Salonika on Tuesday, 24th April 1917, age 30.
Commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.

11th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 78th Brigade of 26th Division.

Son of Joseph and Sophia Jones, of 274, Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Dudley Port, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, 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/1649720/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
274 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Jones (50, Shoemaker, born Dudley), his wife Sophia (50, Tailoress, born Dudley), and their 4 children: Joseph (22, Brickmaker, born Dudley), Mary Ann (19, Brickmaker, born Tipton), William (16, Brickmaker, born Tipton), and George Frederick (14, Brickmaker, born Tipton).

1911 Census
274 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Jones (60, Shoemaker, born Dudley), his wife Sophia (60, born Dudley), and 2 of their 3 surviving children of 9: Joseph Edward (32, Brickyard Labourer, born Dudley), George Frederick (24, Brickyard Labourer, born Tipton), also their widowed son-in-law Elijah Parton (32, Miner, born Tipton), and 2 grandchildren: Phoebe Anne Parton (8, bon Tipton), and William Henry Parton (5, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 11th Worcesters landed in France in September 1915, but moved to Salonika just 2 months later. During 1916 they saw relatively little action, just the Battle of Horseshoe Hill in August, however the summer conditions were unpleasant resulting in a great deal of sickness. The severe winter of 1916-17 meant that the opposing troops just held their postitions, and it was March 1917 before the British troops began training for the first planned assault of the year which was to become the First Battle of Doiran, on 24th and 25th April 1917.

The Worcesters were to attack the entrenched Bulgarians who were at the top of Spur O.6. above th e Jumeaux Ravine. They first had to rush down the steep slope into the ravine, and then up the other side to engage the enemy. The advance began at 9.45pm, and the Bulgarians turned on 3 searchlights illuminating the ravine and their devastating artillery bombardment began. Despite the bombardment, and machine-gun and rifle fire, the Worcesters fought their way up the ravine and took the Bulgarian position on Spur O.6. plus an adjacent redoubt.

The Bulgarian trench-mortars and artillery pounded the newly-taken positions, and a series of counter-attacks were repulsed by the Worcesters at grave cost. At 3.00am a final counter-attack was repulsed, but the Bulgarians were pushing in from both sides reducing the length of trench that the Worcesters were holding, whilst bombs and bullets were in short supply. At 4.00am the order was given to retire back across the ravine to their starting positions, and reached these lines as dawn was breaking.

The 11th Worcesters had 5 Officers and almost 100 Other Ranks killed from the 23rd to 25th April, with a small number dying from their wounds on subsequent days. George Jones was killed on the 24th April, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, in northern Greece near the Macedonian border.

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