Edward Jones was born circa 1866 in Liverpool, the second son of Thomas & Mary Jones, his Baptism Record states that he was baptised on the 3rd November 1897 at St. Polycarp Church in Everton, his elder brother Owen was also born in Liverpool, but I cannot find his baptism. The families address on the Baptism was 6, Jersey Street and Thomas was a Labourer (Page 117, No. 932). Another Ancestry record states the Baptism was at Holy Trinity, Liverpool.
The family first appears on the 1901 census living at Bryckton Cottages, Whitford, Flintshire and the head of the household was father Thomas,35, a Steam Engine Maker Fitter born Whitford, Flintshire, as was his wife Mary, 34. As previously said Owen, 6 and Edward, 4, had both been born in Liverpool. Their siblings were Demetrious, 2 and Silfanus, 6 months, both born in Whitford.
By the 1911 census the family were still at Bryckton Cottages, Whitford and Thomas, 45, was an Engine Fitter. He had been married to his wife Mary, 44 for 17 years, and 6 children had been born to them, all still living. On this census all the family were said to have been born in Mostyn, Flintshire. The family had grown with new siblings joining Edward, 14, Demetrious, 12 and Silfanus, 10, they were brothers Rufus, 7 and Nereus, 5.
Interestingly, Thomas, whose parents were Owen & Ann Jones, had a family with unusual names, (siblings, brother Seraiah and sister Sephorah) as can be seen on previous censuses, and his brother Jethro, was to have Thomas’s son, young Owen, 16, a Grocery Apprentice living with him on the 1911 census at 23, Dee View Road, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire (6 rooms) (All bilingual). Jethro had married Dorothy Davies in a Civil marriage in Holywell in 1894 and they had a young son also named Owen, who was 10 years old.
Edward Jones in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, confirms his regimental records and also tells us that he had been born in Liverpool, he resided in Mostyn and had enlisted in Holywell, Flintshire.
Edward Jones in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tell us that he died in Action and his sole Legatee was his father Thomas who received £1 11s 2d on the 11th December 1917 and his War Gratuity of £4 10s on the 8th November 1919.
Edward Jones in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional Information: Son of Thomas and Mary Jones, of Byckton Cottages, Mostyn, Chester.
There is a Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Whitford F4) which confirms his regimental details and his period of Service was 14 months. The Card signed by Thomas JONES & Ellis DAVIES* 17th September 1919.
I think this is Edward’s brother, he survived:-
Flintshire WW1 Index Cards (Whitford L24) JONES, Owen, Brychton Cottage, Whitford 33079 15th Cheshire Regt. Period of Service 3 years 3 months. Pte. M.M.** Card signed by O. JONES & Ellis DAVIES* on the 17th September 1919
*I believe that this is the Vicar of Whitford who was assigned to distribute and collect the cards for the Whitford Parish on behalf of the Memorial Committee (Gladstone Family).
** Military Medal