William Alfred Jones was born in 1889 in Hope Flintshire, the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Jones.
In the 1891 census records William Alfred is 13 months old and living with his mother Elizabeth who is 36 and is working as a grocer, he has two brothers, Phillip who is 11 years old and Trevor who is 9, both are at school.
In the 1901 census William Alfred is now 12 years old. It appears that his mother Elizabeth died during 1889. His father Alfred is head of the family, 50 years old and working as a grocer, the family is resident in the ‘Grocers Shop’ Hope village.
Also in this census return is William Alfred’s step mother Elizabeth who is 37 years old. Brother Philip is now 21 and working as a colliery clerk, Trevor is aged 19 and is also working at a local colliery again as a clerk, sisters Gladys age 6 and Lizzie who is 5 years old. Sister in law Mary Thomas is 27 and a parlour maid, Margaret Robert who is 13 years old is a domestic servant.
In the 1911 census William Alfred is 21 years old, single and has the occupation of carter. The head of the family is still his father Alfred who is now 60 years old. He has been married for 11 years to his wife Elizabeth who is now 47 years old. The family are living at ‘Japonica Place’ Hope village and Alfred is listed as a grocer with the shop located very close to the ‘Red Lion’ public house in Hope. William Alfred’s brothers and sisters are also in residence, Trevor is 29 and a clerk, Gladys is 16 and a dressmaker and Lizzie 15 is a Milner.
Using www.ancestry.com we can find that William Alfred Jones enlisted in the military at Salop in Shrewsbury; he is listed as a driver (of horses) and was in the 122 battery of the Royal Field Artillery. According to UK Soldiers who died in The Great War 1914-19, he died of wounds received on 26 September 1918 in the Western European Theatre. He is buried in the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery Arras in the area of Pas de Calais France.
There is a medal roll record for William Alfred which states that he was awarded the Victory and British medals.
He also appears on the Caergwrle Memorial