Private 31174 William Harold Jones

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Died of Wounds on Wednesday, 8th November 1916, age 25.
Buried in Grave K. 29. at Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

7th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment. 56th Brigade of 19th Division.
Formerly 24765 South Staffs Regiment.

Second son of Mrs Lloyd, of 23 Tividale Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Sedgley, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial. Also listed on the lost Palethorpe’s Roll of Honour.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on Commonwealth War Graves site.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/186374/

Genealogical Data

1911 Census
74 Salop Street, Dudley, Worcs.
Paul Lloyd (47, Fender Polisher, born Dudley), his wife Rebecca (41, born Dudley), Rebecca's son (Paul's step-son) Harold Jones (19, Tool Turner, born Dudley), and their 5 children: Dorothy Lloyd (13, School, born Dudley), Lester Lloyd (10, School, born Dudley), Cyril Lloyd (8, born Dudley), Beatrice Lloyd (6, born Dudley), and Stanley Lloyd (11 months, born Dudley).

Personal Data

William attested for the South Staffs on 11th December 1915, presumably under the Derby Scheme. He was not mobilised until 1st May 1916 when he joined the 10th South Staffs, a training battalion. He was 5 foot 3¾ inches tall, had a 35½-inch chest, weighed 137 pounds and had good physical development. He was employed as a Gas Engine Driver, and was Church of England. His next of kin was his mother, Rebecca Lloyd, of 123 Tividale Road, Tipton.

After training with the South Staffs, William arrived at Base Depot No. 9 in France on 28th August 1916, and was transferred to the 7th South Lancs in 19th (Western) Division on 21st September 1916.

After Wiliam's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/7/10d (2 pounds, 7 shillings and 10 pence); in April 1917 this was shared equally between his joint legatees - his mother Mrs Rebacca Lloyd, and Miss Rebecca Lloyd (sweetheart?). His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was also shared equally between his joint legatees in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that William had enlisted within 12 months of his death.

Action resulting in his death

After fighting on the Somme in July 1916, the 7th South Lancs moved to the Spanbroekmolen - Wytschaete sector near Ypres, and also did a tour near Ploegsteert in September 1916. In October the 7th South Lancs, as part of 19th (Western) Division moved back to the Somme and carried out various tours of the trenches, mostly near Stuff Redoubt (about one mile NE of Thiepval), but also at the 'Brickfields Sector' near Grandecourt. On the 8th November German aircraft made ground attacks on British troops near the Ancre, so it is possible that this was the cause of William's wounds.

William died from his wounds on 8th November 1916 at No. 58 Field Ambulance at Aveluy, and is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 18th November 1916
Private W.H. (Harold) Jones, of the 7th South Lancashire Regiment, second son of Mrs Lloyd, of 23 Tividale Road, Tipton, was killed in action on November 8th. Private Jones was called to the colours on May 1st this year, and had been in France about 2 months when he fell. Before joining, he was employed as an engineer at Messrs. Palethorpes Ltd., Dudley Port, and it will be remembered that last week we recorded the death of Private Graydon, another of the firm's employees.
Only a few days before Private Jones met his death, he celebrated his 25th birthday in the firing line, and the last letter received by his mother was to thank her and several neighbours for the parcel they had sent him with their best birthday wishes.
Private Jones was educated at the Park School, Dudley, and was formerly a member of the Salop Street Wesleyan Chapel.
He was a devoted son to his widowed mother, and very much respected by his fellow workmen and a large circle of friends.
JONES.- Killed in action in France on November 8th 1916, Private W.H. (Harold) Jones, beloved son of Mrs Lloyd, 23 Tividale Road, Tipton, age 25. Sadly mourned by mother, sisters and brothers.
"I cannot bend beside his grave,
He sleeps beyond the sea,
And not one gentle whispering wave,
Will tell the place to me.
But though unseen by human eye,
And mortals know it not,
His Maker knoweth where he lies,
And angels guard the spot."
JONES.- Killed in action, November 8th 1916, Private W.H. (Harold) Jones, loving brother of Mr and Mrs Norton Jones (Coventry.)
"Had I but one last fond look into your loving face,
Or had I only got the chance to kneel down in your place,
To hold your head, dear brother, while your life blood ebbed away,
My heart would not have felt so much the tears I shed today."
JONES.- On November 8th 1916, Private W.H. (Harold) Jones, killed in action. Deeply mourned by May, and Mr and Mrs Gibbs, Tipton.
"When alone in my sorrow, the bitter tears flow,
There stealeth dreams of the dear and pleasant days;
But unknown to the world he stands by my side,
And whispers these words - "Death cannot divide.""

Tipton Herald 10th November 1917
JONES.- In loving memory of Private W.H. Jones, 7th South Lancashire Regiment, who died of wounds November 8th 1916.
"Sleep on, dear brother, in a far-off grave,
A grave we may never see,
But as long as life and memory lasts,
We will remember thee.
No matter how we pray,
No matter how we call,
There's nothing left to answer,
But your photo on the wall."
From his sorrowing brother and sister, Norton and Gladys.
JONES.- In loving memory of Private W.H. Jones, who died of wounds November 8th 1916. Lovingly remembered by Mr and Mrs Jolley (Tividale). "God grant him eternal rest."
JONES.- In affectionate remembrance of Private W.H. (Harold) Jones (Tividale), who died November 8th 1916, from wounds received in action. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by mother, sisters and brothers.
"We loved him, oh no tongues can tell,
How much we loved him, or how well.
God loved him most, and thought it best,
To take him home with Him to rest.
Rest, calmly rest, for thou thy part has played
On this world's stage, and death thy hand has stayed;
Thy work is done, thou'st laid thy armour down,
Fought the good fight, and gained the eternal crown."
JONES.- In loving memory of Harold (Private W.H.) Jones (Tividale), who died November 8th 1916, from wounds received in action. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by mother, sisters and brothers.
"A year ago he nobly laid his life
Upon the altar of his God and King;
And faithful hearts still sadly mourn his loss,
And loving tributes to his memory bring."
May, and Mr and Mrs Gibbs.

Tipton Herald 9th November 1918
In Memoriam.
JONES. In loving memory of Private William Harold, who died from wounds received in action, November 8th 1916. Lovingly remembered by May, Mr and Mrs Gibbs.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lays down his life for his friends."
"Far away from those that loved him,
Soldiers laid my loved to rest;
In a hero's grave he's sleeping,
He was one of Britain's best."
JONES. In fond remembrance of our dear brother, Private William Harold Jones (Tividale), who died November 8th 1916, from wounds received in action.
"We do not forget him, we loved him too dearly
For his memory to fade from our lives like a dream;
Our lips need not speak when our hearts mourn sincerely,
For grief often dwells where it seldom is seen."
Norton and Gladys.
JONES. In ever loving memory of Private William Harold Jones, beloved son of Rebecca Lloyd, Tividale, who died November 8th 1916, from wounds received in action in France.
"There's a grave far o'er the ocean,
Where a brave young soldier sleeps,
There's a dear old home in England
Where his mother often weeps;
Not one day have we forgot him
Since he bade his last farewell,
But some day we hope to meet him
Where no parting tears are shed."
Mother, sisters and brothers.