Jones, William

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

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

Name / Enw: Jones, William

Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No. 857.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Helles Memorial.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 77 to 80.

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1915, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Date of Death: 10th August 1915

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in action on Tuesday 10 August 1915 at Sulva Bay, Gallipoli aged 23 years.

William Jones was born in Rhyl, Flintshire in 1892.

The 1911 Census shows that the family lived at Palace Terrace, 122 Wellington Road, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was William Jones aged 47, who was employed as a Labourer. His wife Catherine Jones aged 46 and their six children – Edward Henry Jones aged 20, a Fish Salesman, William Jones aged 19, a Barman, Elizabeth Ann Jones aged 17, a Domestic Servant, Jane Jones aged 13, Gertrude Jones aged 8 and John Love Jones aged 5 years.

During 1914, William enlisted as a Private with 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  On Monday 19 July 1915, he sailed from Devonport with the Battalion, via Alexandria to Gallipoli, arriving at Sulva Bay on Sunday 8 August 1915.  He was killed in action two days later on Tuesday 10 August 1915.

Five other soldiers from 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who are remembered on the Rhyl War Memorial were also killed in action at Sulva Bay that same day – Private 876 Peter Edwards, Private 1287 David Jones of 11 Brickfield Terrace, Rhyl, Private 2554 Bertie Campini of 36 Ffynnongroew Road, Rhyl, Second Lieutenant Robert Clare Walton of 11 Garden Lane, Chester and Sergeant William Wilton.  Three other Rhyl Soldiers who are also remembered on the Rhyl War Memorial were also killed in action or died from wounds at Sulva Bay some days later – Private 1596 John Haines, 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, of 9 West Street, Rhyl on Monday 16 August 1915, Private 3248 Edward Davies, 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers of 80, Vale Road, Rhyl on Sunday 22 August 1915 and  Private 175 Francis James Martin, Army Cyclist Corps(Welsh Division) of 11 Kinmel Street, Rhyl on Sunday 29 August 1915.

HellesMemorial

Helles Memorial.

Warren Road Methodist Church

Remembrance Plaque at Warren Road Methodist Church, Rhyl, Flintshire.

William 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.