Lance Corporal 201663 Joseph Jones

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Killed in Action on Friday, 22nd March 1918, age 24.
Commemorated on Bay 6 of Arras Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

10th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 57th Brigade of 19th Division.
Formerly 4022 Worcestershire Regiment.

Son of Mr & Mrs Jones, of 30 Hopkins Street, Burnt Tree, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Dudley, Enlisted: Dudley, 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 Dudley Clock Tower 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/1574841/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
39 Old Street, Dudley, Worcs.
Ebenezer Hancock (38, House Painter, born Dudley), his second wife Rosannah (41, Greengrocer, born Dudley), and their various children: Joseph Hancock (16, Railway Shunter, born Dudley), John T.H. Jones (14, Messenger on Railways, born Dudley), Reuben Hancock (14, born Dudley), William Henry Hancock (12, born Dudley), Florence B. Jones (10, born Dudley), Joseph Jones (7, born Dudley), Susannah Jones (5, born Dudley), and Frederick H. Hancock (1, born Dudley).

1911 Census
10 Price Street, Kates Hill, Dudley, Worcs.
William Ashwin (53, Boiler Maker, born Rowley), his wife Thuza (53, born Dudley), and their 2 sons: Walter Charles (21, Boiler Maker, born Dudley), Charles Thomas (17, Boiler Maker, born Dudley), and their 2 adopted children: Joseph Jones (17, Number Checker on Railway, born Dudley), and Susannah (14, born Dudley).

Personal Data

After Joseph's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £12/15/0d (12 pounds and 15 shillings); in July 1918 this was shared between his brother John T. Jones, his half-brother Fred H. Hancox, and his 3 sisters Mary A. Hollinshead, Florence B. Jones and Susannah Markham. His War Gratuity was £13/10/0d (13 pounds and 10 shillings), this was paid to his brother John T. Jones in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Joseph had enlisted in March 1915.

Action resulting in his death

March 21st 1918 saw the commencement of the German "Operation Michael" designed to break the allied line and reach the North Sea coast before the numerical superiority of the American forces could begin to take effect.

In the area occupied by the 10th Worcesters, early in the day, the Germans had taken the villages of Louverval and Doignies astride the Bapaume to Cambrai road. The 8th Gloucesters were ordered to counter-attack and re-take Doignies, and the 10th Worcesters to take the Sunken Road between Doignies and Beaumetz. This eventually went ahead at 7pm on 21st March. The Worcesters splendidly gained their objective but their right flank was unprotected as the Gloucesters had been driven back after initial success in Doignies. This open flank allowed the Germans to pour machine-gun fire into the right hand companies which took such heavy casualties that the two right hand companies were withdrawn to the left hand side of the Worcesters line.

The line was held during the night of the 21st, and throughtout the day of the 22nd March. Fighting was continuous and intense; three times on the 22nd the Germans attacked the right flank of the 10th Worcesters, but each time cool and accurate rifle fire drove the Germans back. The position between Doignies and Beaumetz was held by the 10th Worcesters when darkness fell on the 22nd March. After dark the order was given to retire from the "Battle Zone" to the "Green Line", on subsequent days the "Green Line" failed to hold and further retreats were forced on the Worcesters.

On the 21st March 29 Other Ranks of the 10th Worcesters were killed, and 57 Other Ranks on the 22nd March. Others died later from wounds received on these days. Private Jones lost his life during this action on 22nd March. He has no known grave, and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 4 May 1918
Jones. Lance- Corporal J. Jones, of Hopkins Street, Burnt Tree, killed in action in France, March 22nd 1918; aged 24. Sadly missed by Jack, Fred, Mary, Beat, Floss & Ciss. "His duty done."
JONES. In loving memory of Lance-Corporal J. Jones, 2/7th Worcesters, killed in action March 22nd. Deeply mourned by Mr & Mrs Jones and his fiancée Emily.
"As dawn crept o'er the trenches,
He fell midst shot and shell.
Our only grief we were not there
To bid him a last farewell.
But the hardest part is yet to come,
When the heroes do return,
And we miss amongst the cheering crowd,
The one we loved so well."

Tipton Herald 18 May 1918
Jones. Lance- Corporal J. Jones, of ... by his foster mother and dad Mr and Mrs C. Ashwin.......... missing article
Jones. Foster brother J Jones ... missing ....

Tipton Herald 25 May 1918
Another Tipton Hero
"Many friends will be sincerely sorry to hear of the death of Lance Corporal J. Jones, and at the same time their fullest sympathy will go out to his (foster) father and mother, Mr and Mrs C Ashburn, who reside at 30 Hopkins Street, Burnt Tree, Tipton. He joined the army on May 1st 1915, and had served in France two years. He was killed in action on 22nd March last, among many others of the glorious 10th Worcesters, who played their part gallantly in the great German offensive.
Lance Corporal Jones was over on leave in November last year for ten days. Prior to his joining the army, he was employed by Messrs Harper and Screen, Brades Hall Boiler Works. He was also a late scholar of Rollason's Mission, Price Street, Kate's Hill, the district where he will be sadly missed.
Official news has been confirmed by the following letter received from Lieut Drake: "Dear Madam, It is with the greatest regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, Lance Corporal Jones, who was killed in action during the recent operations. He had always proved himself to be a good comrade and soldier, and his loss is deeply deplored by us all. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your bereavement."