Ben Jones

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion and Vivien

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Northop Hall

Name / Enw: Ben Jones

Regiment/Catrawd: 9th Btn Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Corporal 36077

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Arras Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Bay 6

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

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

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action 23rd March 1918 aged 20

The 1911 census records Ben and his family living in Chapel House,  ‘East Northop’.  Head of the household was James 48, a miner/hewer. His wife of 23 years was Mary Elizabeth 46. She had given birth to 9 children all of whom were still living. Six of the children were  listed at home on the census. James 16, was a ‘Ridge Moulder’at the Brick and Tile Works. The others were Benjamin 13, Boden 11, John 5, Ethel 6 and Edith 3.

There is an index card for Ben in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden  but there are some slight discrepencies between the information on it and that on his  CWGC certificate. These need further research. (They are similar enough to suggest that they are referring to the same soldier).

We see from the family gravestone in Northop churchyard, that a year after Ben was killed, his 16 year old brother died. The inscription on the gravestone is as follows:

“In Loving Memory
of
John the beloved son of
James and Mary Elizabeth Jones
Chapel House, Northop hall
Died Feb 28th 1919 aged 16

Also
Benjamin 9th Batt Royal Welsh Fusliers
Son of the above who was
killed in France March 23rd 1918
Aged 20

Also the above named
James Jones
Who died April 17 1938 age 75

Also the
Above named
Mary Elizabeth Jones
Who died Sept 22 1942 age 77

Thy will be done”

Ben Jones also appears on the Connah’s Quay Memorial. Follow the link to his page on the Connah’s Quay section of this website. There is much more of his story there.