Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay
Name / Enw: Jones, Francis George (Frank)
Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Bn.
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 12822
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: VII D. 17.
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: No medal card found
Date of Death: 25th September 1915
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in action 25 September 1915
Francis George Jones was born in 1894 in Pontypool, Mon. He was the brother of John Francis Jones who had died on the 22nd August 1915 just under a month before. Their family must have been devastated. Please follow the link to John Francis’s page for details of the family story before the boys joined the army. The name Francis was important to the family as it is in the names of the two brothers and their father John Francis.
The fact they were brothers was denoted on the Committee member’s list of the Fallen for the Cenotaph at Connah’s Quay/Shotton.
There was no Flintshire WW1 Index Card for him. It has not proved possible to locate any Service Records for Francis George.
Francis George Jones in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that his Death was presumed as on or since the 25th September 1915 and the sole Legatee was his father John Francis who was paid £1. 16s 6d on the 30th January 1917 and his War Gratuity of £3. 10s 0d on the 30th August 1919.
UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that he was born in Pontypool, Monmouthshire and enlisted in Shotton.
Francis George Jones in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that his first Theatre of war was France and he entered it on the 17th July 1915, just over two months later he was to lose his life.
So you might have some idea what happened to Frank. I have transcribed the War Dairy of the 9th Bn Royal Welsh Regiment 20th September – 30 September 1915 – Please contact the website for me to send you a copy of them.