Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Jones John
Regiment/Catrawd: 1st/5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 2376
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Helles Memorial
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 77-80
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Turkey
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action in Gallipoli 11August 1915 aged 27
The census of 1911 records John, a married man living with his family at 24 Hughes Row, Maesydre Mold. He was a 23 year old Collier who had been born in Leeswood. His wife of 2 years, Elizabeth was 24. She had been born in Mold and had goven birth to 2 children, one of whom had sadly died. Their surviving child was Benjamin, aged 2. He had been born in Rhydygoleu.
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great war 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk includes an entry for John Jones. It confirms the regimental details at the top of this page and adds that he enlisted in Flint. It says that he was born in Pontybodkin and resided in Mold. This source tells us he was killed in action on the 11th March 1915 in Gallipoli.
His medal Index Card also on Ancestry, lists his three medals and says that his first theatre of war was The Balkans (Gallipoli). He entered it on the 8th August 1915. He was killed, therefore, three days after arriving.
The Soldier’s Register of Effects in which the Army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for John Jones. There is a slight discrepancy in the regimental number – this says 2374, however, in all other respects the profile fits him. His widow Elizabeth received for her and 2/3 children, a total of £4..9sh..11d in two separate payments.