Jones, John Arthur

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

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

Name / Enw: Jones, John Arthur

Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 2976

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Bodelwyddan (St. Margaret) Churchyard

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Buried in St. Peter’s Churchyard, Holywell

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1914/1915 Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal

Date of Death: 29th September 1915

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died on Wednesday 29th September 1915 age 30

John Arthur Jones was born in Holywell during 1885 and lived in Pen-y-Ball Street, Holywell.   His parents were Benjamin Jones, who was employed as a Coal Miner and Abagail Jones.  He had three sisters – Margaret Ann Jones, Sarah Ellen Jones and Edith Jones and one brother, Charles Jones.

Little is known of his early life, but in 1905 he married Sarah Catherine Dyson and they lived in Wood Houses, Greenfield, Flintshire.

The 1911 Census tells us that the head of the family was John Arthur Jones aged 27, who was employed as a General Labourer.  His wife Sarah Catherine Jones aged 25 and their three children – Margaret E Jones aged 6, John E Jones aged 5 and Bennie Jones aged 2 years.

At the outbreak of the first world war John enlisted as a Private with 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.   During September 1915, whilst on home leave from the Regiment, both he and his wife Sarah Catherine were found dead in the house. They had both committed suicide, she had taken poison and he had cut his throat. The inquest was held on Thursday 14 October 1915 at the Court House, Holywell, Flintshire, before Mr F Llewellyn-Jones, County Coroner.  The verdict of the jury was suicide whist temporarily insane.  The full transcript of the incident can be found in The Flintshire Observer Newspaper dated 14 October 1915, headed ‘ The Greenfield Tragedy’.

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Photograph of the headstone at St Margaret’s Church, Bodelwyddan (known as the Marble Church) of John Arthur Jones, who died on 29 September 1915. This photograph was taken by Pat Satchell. John is buried in an unmarked grave near the North side of St Peter’s Churchyard, Holywell.

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour card for John Arthur Jones Jones at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.   Details of his medals were obtained from www.forces-war-records.co.uk.