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Jones, Terence Maxwell (Paddy)

Terence Maxwell Jones was born  on the 9th September 1918, the 3rd and youngest son of Albert Edward & Annie Maria Jones (nee Bellis).   I do not know when his parent’s married, but they are on the 1901 census living at Dee View Cottage, Hawarden, Flintshire in the household of Edward Parry, single and a Draper(At Homes) born Leeswood, Flintshire.   Albet E. Jones, was a Boarder, he was 23 and a Railway Clerk, born Hawarden, his wife Annie  was 21 and born in Hope, Flintshire, there is a child Gwendoline C, age 5 months, also born Hawarden.

By the 1911 census they were living at Highfield, Hawarden, Flintshire, Albert E. Jones, was head of the household and still a Railway Clerk, his wife Annie  was 32 years old and she tells us that they had been married 11 years and5 children had been born to them, but sadly 1 had died.   Gwendoline C. Was now 10 and at school, as was Winifred,7, while Lilian E., 4 and Clarence W. 3 months old made up the household.

I found on the St. Deniol’s Parish Registers that they had suffered a bereavement at the loss of their daughter Ada, who was born on the 19th July 1901 and Baptised that day in a Private Baptism, sadly she only survived 16 hours and was buried on the 22nd July 1901.

After Clarence was born I found another brother, Reginald Luther, born the 15th June 1914 and Baptised on the 5th July 1914.

The next time we see Terence Maxwell is when he is seen on the Hawarden Grammar School Admissions Register:-1288/2027 JONES, Terence Maxwell (RE) Date of birth 9th August 1918, Highfield, Hawarden, Father – Clerk, Date of entry – 18th September 1930 Hawarden N.P., Schol. £6, Date of Leaving – 26th July 1937, Liverpool Univ.

From the above we know he went to Liverpool University in 1937, but I do not know any more after that, so any help would be appreciated to make sure he is remembered.

Then  we see Albert Edward & Annie Maria on the 1939 National Register (which was taken on the 29th September 1939), living at Highfield, Hawarden.     Albert’s Date of birth on this document is the 18th February 1878 and Annie Maria’s was the 1st January 1880.    Albert was still a Clerk Transport & Railway Acc.   Annie Maria, as was most married women without a job was described as doing “Unpaid Domestic Duties.”     Terence was not on it, he may have been already in the forces.  but I suspect that his sister Winifred was the other person on it, but she had married, but I don’t know who to, except the gentleman’s surname was Stewardson, nor do I know when, I just cannot find a marriage for them, but again, Winifred was doing “Unpaid Domestic Duties, her birth date was the 28th June 1903, which coincides with the Parish Registers.

I do not know when Terence Maxwell enlisted or was conscripted, there are no records that I can find that show that, but as he was a Lieutenant, his University experience probably helped.   However he found himself in the thick of things in the 3 Bty., 28 Field Regt. Royal Artillery, there are a few websites that might help paint a picture of what happened: http://www.ra39-45.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/fldidx/index.html

Field Regiments – Field Regiment organisation 1944 – 28 Fd Rgt RA

http://www.ra39-45.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/field/page28.html

28 Field Regiment RA – Locations

Jan 42   9 Indian Inf Bde  Cyprus

Mar 42 10 Indian Inf Bde  Cyprus

Mar 42 10 Indian Inf Bde N Africa

Jun 42 10 Indian Inf Bde  The Cauldron*

See – http://www.desertrats.org.uk/battles1942.htm

Also-  http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_gazala.html

The Casualty List 2 – Middle East – Western Desert – Missing – JONES, T.M. 86443 is reported missing on the 6th June 1942.

Casualty List 2 – Western Desert – Previously reported Missing, 6th June 1942, now reported Died of Wounds.   Royal Artillery – JONES, T.M. 86443 – Date of Casualty 8th June 1942.

Chester Chronicle 29th May 1943

ON ACTIVE SERVICE – JONES – Previously reported missing Knightsbridge, June 6th 1942, now reported died of wounds June 8th 1942, and buried by the enemy in Cyrenaica, Lieut. Terence Maxwell JONES (Paddy) R.A. aged 23 years, beloved youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. A.E. JONES, Highfield, Hawarden.

The CWGC States that he died on the 8th June 1942 – so the family had to wait 12 months before they were told officially – I presume.

Terence Maxwell was also on the Hawarden Welcome Home Fund List I found in the Flintshire Record Office.

History Information  from the CWFC Citation for Terence Maxwell JONES

The defence against Rommel’s drive across Cyrenaica towards Suez consisted of a number of irregularly spaced strong points or ‘boxes’ linked by deep minefields. Those nearest the Axis forces were held by infantry, while those further back served as reserve static positions and as bases from which the armour could operate. The chief ‘box’, known as Knightsbridge, was round a junction of tracks about 20 kilometres west of Tobruk and 16 kilometres south of Acroma, commanding all the tracks by which supplies came up to the front. The Eighth Army’s advance fuelling stations and airfields were at Acroma, El Adem, El Duda, Sidi Rezegh and Gambut, while by February 1941, Gazala aerodrome, taken from the Italians early in the campaign, housed two Commonwealth squadrons. Knightsbridge was thus a key position, and the pivot on which the armour manoeuvred during the heavy fighting which commenced in late May 1942. Fierce actions were fought at all these places, and a battlefield cemetery was created at each for the burial of the dead. The graves of many of those who gave their lives during the campaign in Libya were later gathered into Knightsbridge War Cemetery from the battlefield burial grounds and from scattered desert sites. The men who fought and died with them, but have no known grave, are commemorated on The Alamein Memorial which stands in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. There are now 3,651 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in Knightsbridge War Cemetery. 993 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There are 18 Non Commonwealth burials here, including 1 Polish soldier, and 1 non world war service burial.

Terence Maxwell, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Graves Concentration Report Form, tells us that he was reburied on the 7th July 1944, previously in Grave No. 31, now in Plot 4 Row H. Grave 4.   He was probably buried the day he died.

Terence Maxwell’s large family loved and remembered him by adding his name to the War Memorial for him to be remembered in perpetuity.

“HE LIES CONTENT WITH THAT HIGH HOUR IN WHICH HE LIVED AND DIED”


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