Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Sychdyn
Name / Enw: Edward L P Jones
Regiment/Catrawd: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own) 10th Btn
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Corporal 56261
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Selridge British Cemetery Montay
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: 11.B.6
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal 1914 -1920 Victory Medal 1914-1919
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
11th October 1918 Killed in Action aged 24
Lennox’s mother was Emma Petch before she married. She was one of the daughters of a gamekeeper and his wife who had originated in Suffolk. This family moved to Cilcain (1871 census). Emma’s father died in 1879 and on the 1881 census the widowed mother was living in the Top Lodge of Soughton Hall where she was described as a ‘Lodge Keeper and Domestic Servant’. Living with her were two of her daughters, Emma and Roseanne. Emma married Edward Jones of Sychdyn in 1888.
Lennox was born in 1894 and in 1901 the census records that 7 year old Lennox lived with his father Edward (a Coal miner/fireman) his mother Emma, his three sisters, Edith 11, Ethel 8, Rosalyn Enid 2 and one brother, Emlyn Horace . They lived in the house called Bro Dawel which is on the main road.
On the 1911 census the family a was still living in Bro Dawel Sychdyn. Head of the household Edward, was 45 and was described as a ‘Collier underlooker’. His wife of 22 years, Emma, was 44. This census says she was born in St Martins Shropshire). She had given birth to 5 children all of whom were still living. Listed on the census were Edith 21, a Hospital Nurse, Edward Lennox, 17, a Collier Labourer underground, Emlyn Horace 13 and Enid Rosalyn 12 were both at school.
UK Soldier who Died in The Great war 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details at the top of this page. It tells us that he had been born in Soughton but he resided in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He enlisted in Barnsley. This source says he was killed in action.
There was clearly a connection with Yorkshire as he joined a Yorkshire regiment. His certificate from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission includes the following personal details –
‘Native of Soughton Flints, Son of Edward and Emma Jones of Cliff House, Micklefield, Leeds’
He was a member of the congregation of Bryn Seion Chapel and is listed on the memorial inside the chapel.
Although he appears on the War Memorial in Sychdyn, his details are not recorded in the Flintshire Roll of Honour card index – possibly because he no longer lived in the county.
In Loving Memory of
Emma Petch the beloved wife of Edward Jones
Bryn Dowel Sychtyn
who died Aug 14 1933 aged 67.
Also their son Cpl Lennox Jones
killed in France Oct 11 1918
Also the above named Edward Jones
died Feb 6th aged 77yrs
Until the day break and the shadows flee away