Jones, Caradoc

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Greenfield War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Jones, Caradoc

Regiment/Catrawd: ‘B’ Company. 24th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 203256.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Beersheba War Cemetery.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: K.33.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Israel

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory Medal, British War Medal.

Date of Death: 31st October 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action at 5.55am on the morning of Wednesday 31 October 1917 by heavy shrapnel and machine gun fire whilst attacking Turkish positions at Beersheba, aged 21. (Royal Welsh Fusiliers War Diaries).

Caradoc Jones was born in Holywell, Flintshire during 1896.

During 1901 the family lived in Bryn Celyn, Greenfield, Flintshire.

The 1911 Census states that the family now live at The Poplars House, Bryn Celyn, Greenfield, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Elias Jones aged 60, a Baker and Grocer.  His wife Annie Jones aged 51 and their three sons, Thomas Elias Jones aged 19, a Bakers Assistant, Caradoc Jones aged 15, a Grocer’s Assistant and Gordon Jones aged 13, a Schoolboy.

Members of the Jones family continued to live on at The Poplars.   Alan Jones, another son of Elias and Annie lived there at some stage with his wife and two children, namely, David and Anita.

During the night of 30/31 October 1917, the Battalion positions came under attack from the Turkish artillery and there were a number of casualties at Battalion HQ and amongst the men of ‘B’ and ‘C’ Companies.  The British artillery bombardment opened at 5.55am.  Within a couple of minutes, Turkish artillery retaliated, catching the troops as they advanced.  The attack was very successful although casualties were heavy.  The Battalion showed great courage and determination.  They had to lie up for 3 hours before the attack suffering heavy casualties from very heavy shrapnel and machine gun fire and when called upon to attack at once jumped to the attack.  Runners and stretcher bearers did splendid work continuously passing backwards and forwards through heavy fire. 24th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers War Diary.

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 Caradoc Jones at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.