Jones William Hope

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

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Jones William Hope

Regiment/Catrawd: Army Service Corps

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Staff Serjeant Major SS/924

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Mold Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: C.N.C. 32

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

He died on the 4th October 1918 having been discharged from the army on 21st May 1918 because he was physically unable to continue. He had served right from the beginning of the war from August 1914.

Biographical Details Known  He was the son of Gomer and Elizabeth Jones of Trueddyn, nr Mold. The 1911 census places him there with his father, Gomer who was 60 and a coal hewer, mother Elizabeth 54 -( in 34 years of marriage she had given birth to 9 children, eight of whom had survived), his brother Meredith Gomer 17 an agent at a coal wharf and Emily a sister who was 12 and at school. William Hope himself worked as a salesman at the colliery- he was 26 yrs.

William attested on the 10th August 1914 at Wrexham. There is an ironic note scribbled down one side of his attestation paper. it says, “If however the war is over in less than 3 years you will be discharged with all convenient speed”

He married during the war on 20th January 1916. His bride was Catherine Ann and the wedding took place in the Bethesda Chapel, New Street, Mold. Their home was 53 Wrexham Street, Mold. William returned to the war and was promoted to Sgt in October 1914, Staff Sgt in February 1915 and Staff Sgt Major February 1916.

His army records are very difficult to decipher but his Flintshire Roll of Honour card confirms that he was injured in January 1918. We think his army records say that he had back, head and face injuries. They were clearly very serious and ultimately he died from his wounds ten months later. His Flintshire card bears the name of C.A Jones.