Lance Corporal 12505 William Partridge Jones

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Died Home on Sunday, 24th October 1915, age 23.
Buried in Grave C. "C." 66B. at Tipton Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

'D' Company of 10th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment.

Son of William Partridge Jones and Mary Jane Jones, of 51, Victoria St., Barbourne, Worcester. Born at Lichfield. In 1916 address was Kirbekan Villa, Castle Road, Tipton
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Tipton.

Never served abroad.
Medal entitlement: No medal entitlement.
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/395351/

Genealogical Data

Birth of William Partridge Jones registered September quarter 1892 in Lichfield.

1901 Census
Park Lane East, Tipton, Staffs.
William Partridge Jones (36, Sergeant Instructor South Staffs, born Ombersley), his wife Mary Jane (37, born Spain), and their 8 children: Harriet M (10, born Gibraltar), William P (8, born Whittington), Alfred J (7, born Whittington), Emma A (6, Whittington), Ernest E (5, born Whittington), Victoria M (3, born Whittington), Amy E (2, born Rowley), Pretoria M (10 weeks, born Rowley).

1911 Census
77 Castle Road, Tipton, Staffs.
William Partridge Jones (46, Army Pensioner, Storekeeper, born Ombersley), his wife Mary J (37, born Spain), and 7 of their 9 children: Harriet Mary (20, born Gibraltar), William Partridge (18, Sausage Packer, born Whittington), Ernest Edward (15, Fitter, born Whittington), Victoria Matilda (13, Home help, born Whittington), Amy Ethel (12, School, born Rowley), Pretoria Mabel (10, School, born Rowley), Gladys Gertrude (7, School, born Tipton).

Personal Data

It seems that William's father, Sgt-Major Jones, re-enlisted in the 10th Bn South Staffs. His Medal Index Card shows his enlistment on 21st September 1914, but also his discharge on 18th July 1916 due to Sickness. William's brother L/C. Alfred E Jones, 1st Battalion South Staffs Regiment, was a prisoner-of-war from mid-1916 until November 1918.

After William's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £7/10/6d (7 pounds, 10 shillings and 6 pence); this was paid to his father, William P., in February 1916. His War Gratuity was £3/10/0d (3 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his father in July 1919. William had enlisted in September 1914.

Action resulting in his death

William Partridge Jones enlisted with the South Staffs on 1st September 1914, and after an initial period with the 10th Bn., he was posted to the 3rd Bn., South Staffs. During training he was hospitalised in East Leeds Hospital with defective vision, and afterwards contracted apoplexy; he was sent home on 12th October 1915 awaiting discharge. Unfortunately he died on 24th October 1915, and was buried with military honours in Tipton Cemetery.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 13th February 1915
Sergeant-Major W.P. Jones of Tipton, now of the 10th Battalion South Staffs Regiment, has had a long and noteworthy career, having 34 years service to his credit. He joined the 2nd Battalion South Staffs Regiment in 1881, and served in Tralee, Killarney and other places in Ireland during the riots. He then proceeded to Malta, whence he sailed to Egypt, going through the Egyptian Campaign, including the Nile Expedition and frontier battles. Later he proceeded to Gibraltar. He has served in all the South Staffs Battalions at different times. From September 1897 to 1906, he was Colour-Sergeant Instructor to the 'E' Company of Volunteers, and was then transferred to the headquarters at Wolverhampton. The Sergeant-Major possesses the Egyptian medal and clasps. He was present at the battle of Kirbekan on February 10th 1885, thirty years ago. There are in the 10th Battalion, four old non-commissioned officers who were present at that notable battle. The fight entailed the death of the General in command and the gallant Colonel of the 1st South Staffs Regiment. The Sergeant-Major possesses the Khediva's Star and the Long Service and Good Conduct medals. One of his sons - Private W.P. Jones - is in the same Battalion, and another son is Private A.J. Jones of the 9th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Tipton Herald 30th October 1915
On Thursday afternoon at Tipton, a military funeral was accorded the remains of the late Lance-Corporal W.P. Jones, a son of Sergeant-Major and Mrs Jones of Castle Road, who passed away at home after a serious illness at the age of 23.
The deceased soldier enlisted on September 1st of last year, being eventually posted to the 10th Battalion South Staffs Regiment. After joining at the depot, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion at Staddon Heights, Plymouth. On the 10th Battalion being formed on October 31st 1914, he was transferred, and respectively stationed at Oreston, Tavistock, and Harrogate. On August 28th of this year the unfortunate Lance-Corporal was admitted to the East Leeds Military Hospital with defective vision, and afterwards contracted apoplexy, and pending his discharge he was sent home on October 12th. He, however, became worse, and death took place on Sunday last at his parent's residence at 77 Castle Road, Tipton.
As stated above, the funeral took place on Thursday at Tipton Cemetery with military honours. The firing party, bearers and buglers were sent from the Penkridge Bank Camp, Stafford, in charge of 2nd Lieutenant Forest, Company Quartermaster Sergeant W. Bailey, and Sergeant W. Owen. Sergeant Grubb was in charge of the firing party. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack and several floral tokens. At the graveside, the firing party fired the customary three volleys, and the buglers sounded 'The Last Post'.
The wreaths included one from the officers, from the non-commissioned officers and men, and from the sergeant's mess; also from the bereaved parents, from brothers and sisters, and from Alice and family.
The many friends of the family will regret to hear that Lance-Corporal W.P. Jones passed away at his parent's residence in Castle Road, Tipton, on Sunday last. The deceased soldier who was only 23 years of age, was in the 10th South Staffs Battalion. He was a son of Sergt-Major W.P. Jones. He was accorded a military funeral on Thursday.
JONES.- On October 24th 1915 at Kirbekan Villa, Castle Road, Tipton, L-Corpl. W.P. Jones, 10th Battalion South staffs Regiment, son of Sergt-Major and Mrs W.P. Jones, aged 23 years.
Mr and Mrs W.P. Jones, Castle Road, Tipton, thank all friends for floral tributes and expressions of sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Tipton Herald 28th October 1916
JONES.- In loving memory of No. 12505 Lance-Corporal W.P. Jones, of the 10th Battalion South Stafford Regiment, dearly beloved son of Sgt-Major and Mrs W.P. Jones, Kirbekan Villa, Castle Road, Tipton, who died on 14th October 1915. Silently mourned by mother, father, brother Ernest and sisters.
"Often we pause, remembering you dear Will,
And think of how you died:
You could not even say good-bye
Before you closed your eyes."
JONES.- In loving memory of Lance-Corporal William Partridge Jones, who passed away October 24th 1915. Silently mourned by his sweetheart, Alice Dudley. "Grant him, O Lord, eternal rest."

Tipton Herald 27th October 1917
JONES.- In loving memory of Lance-Corporal William Partridge Jones (No 12505), 10th Battalion South Staffs Regiment, eldest son of Sergeant- Major & Mrs Jones, of 77 Castle Road, Tipton, who died on the 24th October 1915. Ever remembered by his mother, father, sisters and brothers.

Tipton Herald 26th October 1918
JONES.- In loving memory of Lance-Corporal William Partridge Jones (No 12505), South Staffs Regiment, who departed this life October 24th 1915, dearly loved son of Sergeant- Major & Mrs WT Jones, of Kirbekan Villa, Castle Road, Tipton, Staffordshire.
A Loving son, a brother kind,
A beautiful memory left behind.
His heart was good, his spirit brave,
His resting place a soldier's grave.
Ever remembered by his mother, father, sisters and brothers.

Tipton Herald 7th December 1918
L/C Alfred E Jones, 1st Battalion South Staffs Regiment, son of Sergeant-Major W.P. Jones, Kirkbekan Villa, Castle Road, Tipton, after spending a period of 2 years 6 months at Minden and Munster, Germany, returned home safe on Wednesday (4th) via Hull and Ripon.
He expresses the deepest gratitude to all for their generosity in sending out parcels that saved him and other soldiers from starvation. The worthy young soldier had quite a genial reception on Wednesday evening from the inhabitants of Castle Road whom he desires to thank.