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Jones, Charles Edward

The records of Soldiers Who Died in the Great War state that Charles Edward Jones of the Grenadier Guards was born in Worfield.  The Civil Registration Birth Index states that Charles was born in the 3rd quarter of 1894 in Ackleton in the parish of Worfield, Bridgenorth Shropshire.  He was baptised at Badger on 23rd December 1894, which suggests that his birth was probably late November or early December,

In the 1901 census Charles was aged 7 and living with his parents William  (a gardener aged 42) and Emily Jane Jones (38), Frederick (9), Lucy Mary (8) in Ackleton.

By 1911 Charles, now a 16 year old gardener, still lived with his parents but by now there was a younger sibling (Hilda May aged 8).  The family lived at 12, Hopstone, Bridgenorth and the father was now a cowman.

Charles’s family history can be seen at  http://person.ancestry.co.uk/tree/70118846/person/42216183041/facts

Military records for Charles have not been found but www.ancestry.co.uk suggests that he enlisted at Worcester, but it is not known when.  The 4th Battalion of the Grenadier Guards was formed at Marlow on 14th July 1915.  It was mobilised for war and landed in France to join the 4th Guards Brigade of the 31st Division on 19th August 1915.  This battalion saw action at the battle of Loos, the largest British offensive mounted in 1915 on the Western Front during World War One, and saw the first British use of poison gas.  It seems likely that Charles died at the Battle of Loos, but there is no known grave.

The Grenadier Guards list of enlisted casualties states that Charles was killed in action at the River Lys: http://www.thegrenadierguards.co.uk/thegrenadierguards.co.uk/Alpha%20List%20J%20-%20Enlisted%20Men%20Role%201914-18%20Web%20Data%20001%2003.01.2013.pdf. He was killed in action on 16th October which was probably just short of his 21st birthday.

For more about this battle see the excellent account at:                         http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/the-battle-of-loos/  and also at http://www.greatwar.co.uk/french-flanders-artois/memorial-loos-memorial.htm

For more about the memorial at Loos:http://www.greatwar.co.uk/french-flanders-artois/memorial-loos-memorial.htm

He is also remembered on the Hope War Memorial, and the memorial in Claverley Church in Shropshire.  It is not known what was his relationship to Hope and Caergwrle, and how he came to be on these memorials.

I could find no record of a marriage for Charles.  The Record of Soldiers Effects states that on 23rd May 1919 Charles’s father was sent £9 11s, including war gratuity, which implies that he was the next of kin.


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