Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Overton
Name / Enw: Jones, James
Regiment/Catrawd: 7th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, formerly R.F.A.
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 42854, formerly 160621
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Canada Farm Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: III. F. 30.
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War and Victory Medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action 29th November 1917 age 25 years.
There is no Flintshire WW1 Index card for James, I don’t know why, except that they were living in Erbistock which is on the edges of different counties, part of Flintshire Detached, Denbighshire, Wrexham and Cheshire surrounding it. However there is a Pte. J. JONES on the Overton War Memorial and as James Jones was the only one who might fit the bill, as there was no other clue for me to follow, I hope he is the right soldier. In any case, he needs to be remembered.
James Jones was the son of Thomas and Margaret Jones (nee Walker), who, I believe, had married in a civil ceremony in Wrexham (Wrexham County Borough (Wrexham) WM/021/65) in 1878. The first time James is seen was on the 1901 census living with his family at Twinning Hill Cottages, Erbistock, Denbighshire. Head of the household was Thomas Jones, 46, a Woodman on the Estate, born Eyton, Denbighshire. Margaret, 42, his wife, had been born in Hanmer, although on different censuses, she changed her place of birth. The eldest child was Kate, 14 who had been born in Erbistock as had all the other children, Jessie, 12, William, 11, Minnie, 10, James, 7 and baby Charles 11 months. Also in the household was Margaret’s father Thomas Walker, a widower age 66 a retired Blacksmith born in Worthenbury, Flintshire.
By the 1911 census the family had reduced quite a lot, but they were still living at Twinning Hill Cottages, Erbistock, Denbighshire, which had 4 rooms and incidentally all spoke only English. Sadly Thomas had died in the intervening years so Margaret was now a widow, age 51 and here she states she was born in Hanley, Cheshire, previously in 1891 she told us ah had been born in Bryn Ruabon, Denbighshire. Minnie, 20, single and a General Domestic Servant, James, 17, was a “Labourer in Woods,” “ Ranger” written by the side of his occupation, Charles, 10 and a Niece Gladys Jones, age 1completed the household.
I cannot find any Attestation Papers for James, but the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 (Ancestry) confirms his regimental number above but gives his regiment as Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Princes of Wales’ Own) 7th Bn., and also tells us that he was born in Erbistock, Denbighshire, but his residence was in Overton Bridge, near Ruabon, Denbighshire. He enlisted in Ruabon. It is this source that tells us that he was formerly in the ROYAL Field Artillery, Regimental Number 160621.
James Jones in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us his sole Legatee was his mother Margaret who was paid £9 8s 2d on the 22nd May 1918 and his War Gratuity of £4 10s on the 22nd November 1919. Also 7/2d was recharged to the Regimental Paymaster, York, on the 26th April 1918, possibly overpaid.
James Jones in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 does not tell us his first Theatre of War nor when he entered it. It just states “Dead” on the card.
If anyone can give any more details for us to add to James’s story, please contact the website.