Jones Thomas Parry

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

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Jones Thomas Parry

Regiment/Catrawd: 15th Bn RWF formerly Welsh Horse Yeomanry

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 56824 formerly 1444

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Essex farm Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: III.E.23

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action at Ypres on 1st September 1916 aged 21 yrs

Thomas Parry Jones was born in Wrexham in 1895. He was recorded on the census of 1901 living with his family in Bersham Wrexham. Head of the household was David Evans Jones 33, a Stationer’s Assistant. who had been born in Mold.  His wife was Catherine 34 originally from Llanferres. Their listed children were Robert Parry Jones 8, Thomas Parry Jones 5 and Mary Elizabeth Jones 2 all of whom had been born in Wrexham. Gwendoline Parry Jones was 5 months old and had been born in Bersham. There was a female boarder, Catherine Ellen Evans 27.

The 1911 census placed this family at Tawelfryn, Mold. The father,  David Evans Jones 44 was a book keeper in the drapery trade. He had been born in Gwernymynydd. His wife of 19 years,  Catherine was 44. She had given birth to five children all of whom had survived. They were listed as Robert Parry 18 a grocer’s apprentice, Thomas Parry 15 a Junior Clerk working for an auctioneer,  The girls- Mary Elizabeth 13, Gwendoline Parry 10 and the youngest,  Francis Jane 7 were all at school.

UK Soldiers Who Died in The Great war 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms all the regimental details at the top of this page. It adds that he enlisted in Mold. This source tells us he was killed in action.

The Register of Soldier’s effects in which the Army calculated what monies were owed to deceased soldiers, lists Thomas Parry Jones. A total of £4 .. 2sh .. 8d  was paid to his sole legatee – his mother Catherine.

Dave Norton, a Flintshire resident serving in the RAF, visited Belgium on a battle sites tour in December 2010. Dave kindly tracked down the cemeteries and graves of a number of ‘our’ soldiers and photographed them. He visited Essex Farm Cemetery where Thomas Parry Jones is buried.
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56824 Private Thomas Parry Jones Royal Wesh Fusiliers 1st September 1916

56824 Private Thomas Parry Jones Royal Wesh Fusiliers 1st September 1916. There are several  other Flintshire soldiers in this cemetery which is close to Ypres.

Many thanks to Dave Norton for making this photographic record for the website.