William Alfred Jones was born in 1889 in Hope Flintshire, the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Jones.
In the 1891 census records William Alfred was 13 months old and living with his mother Elizabeth who was 36 and working as a grocer. He had two brothers, Phillip, 11 years old and Trevor 9 Both were scholars.
In the 1901 census William Alfred was 12 years old. It appears that his mother Elizabeth had died during 1889. His father Alfred was head of the family. He was 50 years old and worked as a grocer. The family was resident in the ‘Grocers Shop’ Hope village. Also listed in this census return was William Alfred’s step mother Elizabeth who was 37 years old. Brother Philip was 21 and working as a colliery clerk, Trevor aged 19 was also working at a local colliery as a clerk. There were two sisters Gladys aged 6 and Lizzie 5 years old. Also listed were Sister in law Mary Thomas aged 27 and parlour maid, Margaret Roberts who was 13 years old.
In the 1911 census William Alfred was 21 years old, single and had the occupation of carter. The head of the family was still his father Alfred who was then 60 years old. He had been married for 11 years to his wife Elizabeth who was 47 years old. The family was living at ‘Japonica Place’ Hope village and Alfred was listed as a grocer with the shop located very close to the ‘Red Lion’ public house in Hope. William Alfred’s brothers and sisters were also in residence, Trevor was 29 and a clerk, Gladys was 16 and a dressmaker and Lizzie 15 was a Milliner.
Using www.ancestry.com we can find that William Alfred Jones enlisted in the military at Salop in Shrewsbury; he is listed as a driver (of horses) and was in the 122 battery of the Royal Field Artillery. According to UK Soldiers who died in The Great War 1914-19, he died of wounds received on 26 September 1918 in the Western European Theatre. He is buried in the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery Arras in the area of Pas de Calais France.
There is a medal roll record for William Alfred which states that he was awarded the Victory and British medals.
He also appears on the Hope Memorial