Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Jones Thomas David
Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Bn Cheshire Regiment
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 2367
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Nieuwkerke Churchyard
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: E.3
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
He died on 18th of March 1915 aged 21yrs (His CWGC says 13th March)
Thomas David was born in Nannerch in 1894 In 1901 the census places this family at 7 Mill Terrace, Rhydymwyn. Head of the household was John who was 38 and a plate layer on the railway. His wife was Mary, 33 and their children were Robert 9, John Lloyd 8, David Thomas 7, Samuel 3, and Morgan James 1.
In 1911 Thomas David was a boarder with the Newnes family in Kinnerton near Chester. This was a family o f ‘Road Repairers”. He was an engine cleaner.
His parents had moved to 11 Conway Street, Mold after the war. His Flintshire Roll of Honour card bears the name Elizabeth Jones.
We see from the newspaper cutting below, that prior to enlistment, he worked at the St Asaph Workhouse.
UK Soldiers who died in The Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk lists Thomas David Jones. It confirms all the regimental information at the top of this page and adds that he enlisted in Chester. This source tells us the he died of wounds.
There are two medal index cards for him on Ancestry. One lists his Victory and British War medals and the other card states that he was awarded the 1914-15 Star. This second card tells us that his first theatre of war was France and he entered it on the 15th February 1915.
The Register of Soldiers’ effects in which the Army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for Thomas David. This says that he “died of wounds received in action near Messines”. His father John received a total of £6..10sh..6d in two separate payments.