Jones, Jack Gordon

Jack Gordon Jones was born circa 1921, the son of Thomas George & Elsie Jones (nee Plant) who married in St. Deniol’s Church, Hawarden on the 9th April 1917:- St Deniol’s Church, Marriages

Page 243 No 486 9th April 1917 Thomas George JONES, 21, Bachelor, Coal-Merchant, 88, Church Sreet, Connah’s Quay, George JONES, Coal-Merchant & Elsie PLANT, 20, Spinster, Jesmond, Chester Road, Queensferry, Thomas PLANT, Steel Smelter.   After Banns.

Witnesses:- Thomas PLANT & John Alfred JONES.

The family are seen on the 1939 Register, without Jack Gordon being named, although the redacted Record could be him, it will need to be investigated.

1939 National Register taken on the 29th September 1939.

Jones Household (6 People)

25 Pen Y Llan Street , Connah’s Quay U.D., Flintshire, Wales

Thomas G            Jones    23 Feb 1896        Male      Steelworks Labourer      Married                283         1

Elsie       Jones    23 Apr 1896         Female Unpaid Domestic Duti    Married                283         2

Thomas G R Jones           12 Oct 1917         Male      Professional Footballer Single    283         3

Bessie   Jones (Breen)    13 Oct 1919         Female Unpaid Domestic Duti    Single    283         4

Sorry, this record is officially closed. Check if you can open a closed record. (Is this Jack Gordon JONES born 11th May 1921?)

Ellis         Jones    09 Jul 1923           Male      Steelworks Labourer      Single    283         6

Jack Gordon enlisted at some time, but I have no indication when that was, and I have no information on his early life, so if any help on that would be appreciated.

According to the British armed forces and overseas deaths and burials Jack Gordon was born on the 11th May 1921.

Thanks to Lt Cdr. Warlow  – ‘Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy’  – President III was an accounting base, initially in Bristol and then Windsor, it was the HQ for the personnel on Defensively Armed Merchant Ships, it does not mean he served there, but that his pay was worked out there .

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I do not know when Jack Gordon either enlisted or was conscripted into the services, but he was in the Royal Navy when he died and on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation Jack Gordon is seen to be with H.M.S.  President 111.   He was posted to the Prins Harald.


Type:     Motor merchant

Tonnage              7,244 tons

Completed         1942 – William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland

Owner  Nortraship

Date of attack    20 Nov 1942        Nationality:      Norwegian

Fate       Sunk by U-263 (Kurt Nölke)

Position                35° 55’N, 10° 14’W – Grid CG 8731

Complement     ? men (3 dead and ? survivors).

Convoy KMS-3

Route    Swansea (3 Nov) – North Africa

Cargo    War material


Launched as British Empire Field on 23 Sep 1941 for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), completed in January 1942 and assigned to Haldin & Philipps Ltd (Court Line), London. On 15 Oct 1942, she was taken over by the Norwegian government at Cardiff and renamed Prins Harald.

Notes on event               

At 10.12 and 10.13 hours on 20 Nov 1942, U-263 fired torpedoes at convoy KMS-3 west of Gibraltar and observed hits after 13 seconds, 47 seconds, 1 minute 27 seconds and 1 minute 47 seconds. Nölke observed two ships sinking and one burning. In fact, the Prins Harald and Grangepark were sunk and one torpedo exploded in the net defences of the British steam merchant Ocean Pilgrim (7173 tons).

The Prins Harald (Master Westbye Foss-Sørensen) was hit by one torpedo that started a fire in a hold where some ammunition was stored. The crew launched the lifeboats and rowed away to a safe distance, while the motorboat remained near the ship to wait for the master and the first mate who attempted to extinguish the fire. After 30 minutes, the ship blew up and sank, spreading flames across the water. The two officers were killed and the men in the motorboat were blown into the sea by the pressure of the explosion. A British gunner was killed*, while all the others had varying degrees of injuries. Eight survivors rescued themselves on a raft and two clung to some debris until a lifeboat came to assist. All survivors were picked up by the rescue vessel of convoy and landed in Gibraltar after two days.

*This must have been Jack Gordon JONES – see below.

Jack Gordon Jones

RN (D/JX 313627). British

Died       20 Nov 1942

Roster information listed for Jack Gordon Jones

Ship       Type      Rank / role          Attacked on       Boat

Prins Harald        Motor merchant              Able Seaman (DEMS gunner)     20 Nov 1942 (+) U-263

Personal information

Son of Thomas George and Elsie Jones, of Connah’s Quay, Flintshire.

FATE OF U-263 – Type – VIIC

Commissioned  6 May 1942         Kptlt. Kurt Nölke


6 May 1942         –              Dec 1942                              Oblt. Kurt Nölke

1943       –              20 Jan 1944                         KrvKpt. Kurt Nölke


2 patrols

6 May 1942         –              31 Oct 1942           8. Flottille (training)

1 Nov 1942          –              20 Jan 1944           1. Flottille (active service)

Successes            2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,376 GRT

Fate – Sank on 20 January 1944 in the Bay of Biscay south-west of La Rochelle, France, in approx. position 45.40N, 03.00W, in an accident after a deep dive trial. 51 dead (all hands lost).

Please click on the link to read about the danger of the convoys.

Please click on the link to read about Jack Gordon’s brother, Thomas G.R. JONES, a well known local footballer. – see his entry on the 1939 National Register above.

Jack Gordon Jones was remembered by his family when they added his name to the list of names to be added to the WW2 War Memorial, he was well loved.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Connahs Quay and Shotton War Memorial

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