Tipton

Remembers

Private 15562 Thomas Jones


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Killed in Action on Wednesday, 28th March 1917, age unknown.
Buried in Grave VII. B. 26. at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas De Calais, France.

1st Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 91st Brigade of 7th Division.

Husband of Maria Jones, 4 Court, 1 House, Queen Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Tipton.

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 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/178803/


Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Court 6 House 6, Park Lane West, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Jones (22, Chainworks Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Maria (22, born Dudley), and their daughter Mary E. (9 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
Court 4 House 1, Queen's Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Jones (29, Coal Miner, born Tipton), his wife Maria Edwards (32, born Dudley), and their 4 children: James Edwards (8, born Tipton), Mary Edwards (5, born Tipton), Annie Edwards (2, born Tipton) and Lily Edwards (1, born Tipton).


Personal Data

Family legend has it that both Thomas and Maria had married other people, but by 1901 were living together as man and wife. Although they never married, they had 6 children. This situation would have raise difficulties with the army pension as Maria was not Thomas's legal next of kin.

Some of Thomas's family, including his granddaughter Carol and his great grandson, visited Thomas's grave in Bucquoy Road Cemetery on 28th March 2017 - the centenary of Thomas's death. A very touching tribute to a man they never knew, but have not forgotten.


Action resulting in his death

On 27th March 1917, the 1st South Staffs took up a front line position at St Leger, preparatory to an attack on Croisilles on the next day. During the course of that attack, 1 officer and 29 other ranks were killed in action.

Two Tipton men (and Harry Davies of Great Bridge) were killed in action. Thomas Jones is buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery at Ficheux, and George Glover has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.


Operations narrative:
At 0545 a creeping barrage opened. 'A' Company were in two waves on the left, 'D' in two waves on the right. 'B' and 'C' Companies in support.

'D' Company met heavy rifle and machine gun fire. In spite of this they advanced a considerable distance. A supporting half-Company ['C'] were also in the attack. A party under 2/Lt Curry got up to the wire at T.23.c. The enemy counter-attacked but were driven off. Curry retired slightly to the sunken road at T.23.d.

'A' Company advanced over the road between T.22.A.2.7 and T.23.A.2.7, and went a distance towards the road in T.12.A and C. They were met by heavy front and enfilade machine gun fire. There was a gap now open between 'A' and 'D' Companies. The situation after 0700 was very obscure, and they were probably counter-attacked. In any case, the enemy got into the gap and behind 'A' Company. All except the left-hand platoon became casualties or were taken prisoner.

At 1500, a half-Company of the Queens, and two machine guns were ordered forward to relieve the pressure on 'D' Company. The Queens reported that they could not get into position, and returned to Battalion HQ.

During the whole day, the various parties of 'C' and 'D' Companies came under very heavy shell fire, and suffered high casualties. At dusk, 'B' Company took over the front line, and the rest were withdrawn to the quarry at St Leger. The Battalion, less 'B' Company, were relieved at 2000.


Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 27th April 1917
RANK AND FILE: MIDLANDS MEN.
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
KILLED.
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.- Jones, 15562, T., (Tipton).