Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Jones, Geoffrey
Regiment/Catrawd: 1st Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 7049
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Ypres, Menin Gate
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 22
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals
Date of Death: 30th October 1914
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Presumed Dead 30th October 1914 (aged 32 yrs) at Ypres.
Geoffrey was the son of Richard (born in Prees Shropshire) and Selina Jones (born in Cheshire). The family was recorded in the census of 1891 living in Northop High Street. Head of the household, Richard Jones was 43 and was by trade a Maltser. His wife Selina was 37. Their listed children were Mary A 15, Percy 13, Florence 10, Geoffrey 8, Rose H 6, jessie V 3 and Dora A 11 months.
The 1901 census records the family at 26 Vernon Street Wrexham. Richard 53 was still a Maltser, Selina was 47. The children listed in the household were Percy 22 a Gardener, Geoffrey R 18 was a General Labourer, Jessie V was 13, Dora A 10 and Henry was 8.
The 1911 census found the family at The Sun Inn New Street Mold. Richard Jones was 63 and was a Publican. His wife of 38 years Selina was 57. She had given birth to 8 children all of whom had survived. Listed in the family home were Percy Joseph who was single, 32 and was a Maltser. Dora Alice 20 did Household Duties.
It has not been possible to locate Geoffrey in 1911. We know he married and the fact that he died so early in the war tells us that he was probably already in the army.
UK Soldiers Who died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms Geoffrey’s regimental details as at the top of this page. It says he enlisted in Wrexham and this source tells us he was killed in action. His medal card also on ancestry lists his two medals.
The Register of Soldier’s Effects in which the Army calculated monies owed to deceased soldiers, includes an entry for Geoffrey Jones. It says that his death was presumed on 30th October 1914 when he was on active duty. It says that his widow Harriet (Self and children) received the £10..8sh..11d that was due.
There is an index card for Geoffrey Jones in The Flintshire Roll of Honour in The County Record Office in Hawarden. It explains that he was missing in France before being declared dead. The address on the card is Ropers Arms and it was signed by Richard Jones -father.
Geoffrey was married to Harriet Mary Jones. After the war she remarried and became Harriet McKean as we see from his Commonwealth War Grave Certificate. Link is below.