Jones, Hugh

Hugh Jones was born during 1892 in Bagillt, Flintshire.

The 1901 Census tells us that the family at that time lived at 18 Hope Cottages, Bagillt.   The head of the family was Hugh Jones aged 33, who was employed at the Bettisfield Colliery, Bagillt as a Coal Miner.  His wife was Elizabeth Jones aged 34 and their five listed children were Evan Jones aged 13, Jane Jones aged 11, Hugh Jones aged 9, Mary Jones aged 8 and Elizabeth Ann Jones aged 7 years.

The 1911 Census shows that the family still lived at the same address.  Hugh Jones was then 19 years of age and employed as a Blacksmith.   There were three additional members of the family: William Henry Jones aged 10, Ellen Grace Jones aged 7 and Ceridwen aged 19 months.

During 1913 Hugh Jones married Catherine Parry and they lived at 3 Old Quay, Greenfield, Flintshire.   On 16 November 1914 he enlisted with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at The Drill Hall, Halkyn Street, Holywell.

He was killed in Action on Sunday 25th February 1917 on the Ypres Salient, aged 25 years.

County Herald – Friday 9 March 1917.                                                                                                   We regret to learn that Private Hugh Jones, son of Mr Hugh Jones. Llwyni, Bagillt has been killed in action.  He leaves a widow (a daughter of Mr & Mrs Parry, Old Quay, Greenfield) and one child. A Memorial Service was held at the Baptist Chapel, Bagillt on Sunday evening 11 March 1917, when the Preacher was the Reverend R E Williams, Holywell.   A quartet was rendered by Miss M Hughes, Miss M Evans, Mr J E Hughes and Mr G Morgan.

He is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for Hugh Jones at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, which was completed on 5 February 1920 by his sister Elizabeth Ann Jones.

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