Private 23288 Jonathan Benjamin Jones

Killed in Action on Monday, 10th July 1916, age 28.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C of Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

3rd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 7th Brigade of 25th Division.

Born: Princes End, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Princes End.

First landed France & Flanders, 14th July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. John's Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/796875/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Jonathan Jones registered June quarter 1888 in Dudley.

1901 Census
85 Gospel Oak Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Jonathan Jones (45, Steel Tyre Maker, born Sedgley), his wife Mary Ann (46, born Sedgley), and their 4 children: Herbert (17, Learning Fitting, born Tipton), Marian (15, born Tipton), Jonathan (12, born Tipton) and Albert (11, born Tipton).

1911 Census
84 Gospel Oak Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Jonathan Jones (57, Contractor - Steel Tyres, born Princes End, Tipton), his wife Mary Ann (57, born Princes End, Tipton) and their only child remaining at home Albert (21, Wood Machinist, born Ocker Hill, Tipton).
Jonathan Jones jnr no longer living at his parents home, and cannot trace him.

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

Jonathan Jones landed in France on 14th July 1915, and was posted to the 3rd Worcesters. Initially the 3rd Worcesters were with the 3rd Division, but transferred to the 25th Division in October 1915. They came into action at the Battle of the Somme on the 6th July just to the south of Thiepval, at the infamous Leipzig Redoubt. After suffering almost continuous artillery bombardment and German counter-attacks, they were relieved on the night of 7th July.

Despite their heavy losses they were back in action on 10th July at La Boisselle. Here the 3rd Worcesters assisted the 8th Loyal North Lancs in a flanking attack trying to encircle the village of Ovillers where a frontal assault by 32nd Division was having great difficulty. 12 men of the 3rd Worcesters were killed on that day including Jonathan Jones. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

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