Jones, Reginald Arthur

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

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

Name / Enw: Jones, Reginald Arthur

Regiment/Catrawd: 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No. 3/19932.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie, Somme.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: 1. Row: C. Grave: 43.

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

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

Date of Death: 19th July 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died of wounds on Wednesday 19 July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, aged 18 years.

Reginald Arthur Jones was born in Rhyl, Flintshire  in March 1897.

The 1911 Census shows that the family lived in Pendyffryn Road, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Richard Henry Jones aged 47, who was employed as a General Labourer.  His wife Edith Jones aged 38 and their five children – Richard Jones aged 17, Florence Jones aged 16, a Shop Assistant, Reginald Arthur Jones aged 13, Robert Jones aged 9 and Norman Jones aged 2 years.

On 18 September 1915, Reginald enlisted in London with 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.

On 11 October 1916, a payment of £5. 14s. 4d was made by the War Office to Mr Richard Henry Jones, being monies owed to his son Reginald.  On 30 September 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £3. 0s. 0d was also made to him.

Reginald 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.