Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay
Name / Enw: Jones, Alfred
Regiment/Catrawd: Bedfordshire Regiment 4th Bn (formerly ASC)
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 21594 (Formerly M/286398)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: I. L. 3.
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British War Medals
Date of Death: 13th April 1918
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died of wounds 13th April 1918. Gezaincourt Casualty Station
Alfred first appeared on a census in 1901. His family was living at 10, Church Road, Connahs Quay, Flintshire. His father Edward was a Stone Mason aged 40. His wife Mary Alice was 41 and had been born in Saighton, Cheshire. All the rest of the family had been born in Connah’s Quay. The listed children were Barbara 15, Fred 13, Harry 11, Edward 6, Dorothy 4, Alfred 2 and Baby Arthur was 2 weeks old.
The family was still living at 10, Church Road, Connahs Quay on the 1911 census. Edward 50 was still a Stone Mason. His wife of 26 years, Mary Alice was 51. She had given birth to 9 children but 2 had died. Barbara 25 was single. Fred 23 was a Joiner. Harry 21 had followed his father and was a Stone Mason. Edward 17 was a Teacher. Dorothy was 14, Alfred 12 and Arthur was 10.
UK soldiers Who Died in The Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details above and adds that he enlisted in Chiswick, Middlesex. This source tells us that he ‘Died of Wounds’ and it gives us his previous regiment and number.
Alfred Jones in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee, his father Edward, was paid his War Gratuity of £4. 10s 0d on the 2nd January 1920, 13s 10d War Gratuity over credited on 7th January 1920
There is an index card for Alfred Jones in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. (Flintshire WW1 Index Cards. F37). The card confirms his regimental details and quotes the address 10, Church Road, Connah’s Quay. It says that he served for 13 months and that he died of wounds 13th April 1918 at Gezaincourt Casualty Station. The card was signed on the 20th September 1919 by F. Jones.
Alfred is commemorated on a gravestone in Connah’s Quay Cemetery – Alfred Jones died and buried in Gezaincourt, France 13th April 1918 aged 19. – ( Connah’s Quay Monumental Inscriptions Book – JR3 – 46)
Alfred Jones is also named on the Memorial Plaque in St.Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay.