Alfred Benjamin Cockerill Jones was born in Denbigh, Denbighshire on 4th November 1898.
During early 1901 the family lived at 29 Post Office Lane, Denbigh. The head of the family was John Jones aged 27, who was employed as a Grocer’s Assistant. His wife Sarah Elizabeth Jones (nee Cockerill), who was the daughter of Samuel Cockerill of Milton, Northampton. They had three children at that time – Mary Lucy Jones aged 5, Alfred Benjamin Cockerill Jones aged 2 and John Will Jones aged 1 year.
The 1911 Census shows that the family now lived at Oswallt House, (Hobson’s Shop), Caerwys, Flintshire. John Jones now had his own Grocery/Deapers Business, with his wife as Assistant Grocer. Alfred Benjamin Cockerill Jones, affectionately known as ‘Benny’ was educated at Love Lane Boy’s School, Denbigh and the Church of England School in Caerwys. On leaving school he joined the family business as an Assistant Grocer.
On 1st June 1917 Alfred enlisted with the Glamorgan Yeomany Force and served in France and Flanders from 13th April 1918, before being transferred to the 1st/5th Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment.
His Sergeant wrote following Alfred’s death – He was my right hand man and was admired for his pluck and endeavour in the face of the most trying circumstances. (De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1918).
He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.
There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, which was completed on 13th November 1919 by his father John Jones.