Jones, Robert

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Jones, Robert

Regiment/Catrawd: Canadian Railway Troops

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Sapper 1039918

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Mold Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: A.N.C.93

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

Date of Death: 6th February 1919

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died on 6th February 1919 (From pneumonia according to his Flintshire Roll of Honour card) Age 28 yrs

Robert was born on 2nd July 1891 in Flintshire. His parents were John and Mary Jones who we have been unable to positively identify on any census returns, although we do know, that they lived in Blackbrook, Mold in 1916.

Robert emigrated to Canada but we don’t know exactly when. He enlisted in the Canadian Army on 30th October 1916 and he named his father John Jones of Blackbrook, Mold as his next of kin. His Attestation papers were signed on 30th October 1916. He gave his place of residence in Canada as Gainsborough. His trade was ‘Labourer’.

His medical report on enlistment says he was 25 years and 4 month sold, 5 feet 5 inches tall with a chest measurement of 35 inches with a 3 inch expansion range. His complexion was dark, his eyes were brown and his hair black. His religion was Methodist. He was considered fit for the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. He was confirmed as a soldier on 24th November 1916.

His Canadian Records say that he served in Europe. and that he survived the war and that he died after war related injuries or illness. His index card in The Flintshire Roll of Honour tells us he died of pneumonia. This card was signed by an Elizabeth Jones

Many of his Canadian compatriots were at this time stationed in Kinmel Camp awaiting repatriation. The flu epidemic had a devastating impact on personnel in Kinmel in 1919. Perhaps Robert would have been there too, if he didn’t have family living locally. He died at home in Mold and was buried in Mold Cemetery.

Robert Jones’s Commonwealth War Grave Certificate tells us that he was the son of John Jones and the late Mary Jones. Widower John Jones was then living at 11 Conway Street Mold.