Jones, Ellis

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhyl War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Jones, Ellis

Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No. 245141.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: 11. Row: Q. Grave: 13A.

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Date of Death: 18th August 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in action on Saturday 18 August 1917, aged 30 years.

Ellis Jones was born in Mostyn, Flintshire during 1887.

The 1891 Census shows that the family lived at 175 Vale Road, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was John Jones aged 52, a General Hawker (Peddler or Street Seller, who carried his wares with him).  His wife Caroline Jones aged 50 and their four children –  Edward Jones aged 15, Thomas Jones aged 13, Hugh Jones aged 8 and Ellis Jones aged 3 years.

Little is known of his early life, but following the outbreak of the First World War he enlisted with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at the Recruitment Centre, Rhyl and was allocated the Regimental Number 51234.  Some time after this Ellis transferred to 5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment and served in France.

On 29 December 1917, a payment of £4. 1s. 6d was made by the War Office to Mr John Jones, being monies owed to his son Ellis.  On 16 December 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £4. 0s. 0d was also made to him.

Ellis Jones is also remembered on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, Flintshire.