Jones, Joseph Morlais Reginald

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

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

Name / Enw: Jones, Joseph Morlais Reginald

Regiment/Catrawd: Merchant Navy.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Mate

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Tower Hill Memorial

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

Date of Death: 23rd March 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died on Friday 23 March 1917 aged 26,  when his ship H.M.H.T. Exchange was sunk by a German Submarine.

Joseph Morlais Reginald Jones was born during the third quarter of 1890, his birth being registered in Holywell, Flintshire.

The 1891 Census tells us that the family lived at Mona Cottage, Mostyn Road, Greenfield, Flintshire.  The head of the family William Francis Jones aged 38 was away from the family home at the time of the census. His wife Sarah Ann Jones (nee Hughes) aged 33 and their 5 (five) children – Helen Violet Jones aged 13, Eva Lena Jones aged 7, Mildred Laurette Jones aged 4, Albert Cecil Hughes Jones aged 2 and Joseph Morlais Reginald Jones aged 6 months.

The 1911 Census shows that the family now live at North Villa, Greenfield, Flintshire.  William Francis Jones, who is now 58 years old is employed at Grosvenor Chater Paper Mill, Greenfield.  His wife Sarah Ann Jones who is 53 and the remaining children living at home – Helen Violet Jones, who is a Widow aged 33, Mildred Laurette Jones aged 23, an Assistant Council School Teacher, Albert Cecil Hughes Jones aged 22, a Seaman and Helen’s daughter Vivienne Bellis Jones aged 3 years.

Albert Cecil Hughes Jones who was a Merchant Seaman survived the was and he died in Liverpool on 26 June 1934.

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 Joseph Morlais Reginald Jones at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.