Private 3334 Samuel Jones

Killed in Action on Sunday, 18th April 1915, age 22.
Commemorated on Panel 47 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

2nd Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. 97th Brigade of 32nd Division.

Son of William and Amplias Jones, of 18, Dun St., Sheffield.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Sheffield, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 4th December 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

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/1616842/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
85 Old Lane, Eckington, Derbyshire.
William Jones (31, Coal Miner - Hewer, born Dudley), his wife Amplias (37, born Oldbury), and their 3 children: William (12, born Louisville, USA), Selina (10, born Dudley), and Samuel (8, born Dudley).

1911 Census
'Corner Pin', Martin Street, Sheffield.
William Jones (42, Publican, born Dudley), his wife Amplias (47, born Oldbury), and 2 of their children: William (22, Steel Mill Hand, born Louisville, USA), and Samuel (18, Miner, born Ruiton, nr Dudley).

Personal Data

Samuel attested as Private 10517 with the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) at Pontefract on 17th November 1911. He stated that he had been born in Tipton, near Birmingham! This place of birth is repeated in 'Soldiers Died in the Great War', however the 1901 census says he was born in Ruiton, near Dudley, and the 1911 census as born Dudley. Samuel was living in Sheffield at the time of his enlistment, so his Tipton connection is very vague!

At attestation he was 19 years and 2 months old, was employed as a Miner, and already belonged to the 3rd (Reserve) battalion, KOYLI. Samuel was 5 feet 4½ inches tall, weighed 122 pounds and had a 35-inch chest. He had a 'fresh' complexion, blue eyes, and light brown hair; he was Church of England.

He joined the 2nd battalion in Cork, Ireland on 26th November 1911 and served for just 19 months. On 3rd July 1913 he was "discharged at his own request on payment of £18". A further note says that the "purchase money was provided by his father, Mr William Jones, Greyhound Inn, Pond Street, Sheffield".

As William landed in France in December 1914, he may have been retained as a Special Reservist, and so re-called on the declaration of war.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

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