William Albert Jones was born on the 12th June 1912 and was the son of Joseph Albert and Emily Jones (nee Brockley) who had married in St. Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay.
William Albert is seen for the first time on the 1939 National Register, as there has not been any census published since the 1911 census. So I don’ t know anything about his childhood or early years, but if anyone can shed any light on this it would be gratefully received.
A newspaper cutting from the Chester Chronicle dated the 19th August 1944 tells us that for years before the war he had worked at the Prince’s Brick Co., and later at John Summer. His brother Harold was in Italy.
1939 National Register (taken on the 29th September 1939)
Jones Household (5 People)
31 Dodd’s Drive , Connah’s Quay U.D., Flintshire, Wales
Joseph A Jones 12 Mar 1891 Male Steel Worker Heavy Worker Married 164 1
Emily Jones 16 Sep 1890 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 164 2
William A Jones 12 Jun 1912 Male Steel Worker Heavy Worker Single 164 3
Harold Jones 16 Nov 1913 Male Steel Worker Heavy Worker Single 164 4
Emily Tebble (Jones) 26 Feb 1930 Female At School Single 164 5
This Register does tell us he was still home on the 29th September 1939 when this register was taken. The Royal Welsh Enlistment Book states that he enlisted or was conscripted on the 20th June 1940, this source also tells us that he was transferred to Highland Light Infantry on the 19th July 1944, his documents being sent to Perth on the 11th August 1944.
The next Document – a Casualty List (Page 12) which tells us that he was Killed in Action on the 1st August 1944, the only one on that day on that list, and he was then in the 2nd (Glasgow Highlanders) Bn. under the heading of Highland Light Infantry. He died before his documents were sent to Perth!
The 2nd Battalion moved to Egypt early in the war and saw action at the Battle of Keren in March 1941. It then transferred to the Western Desert and saw combat at the Battle of Knightsbridge in June 1942 and the Battle of Fuka in July 1942. It took part in the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943 and, after a period in Yugoslavia, Albania and Greece, took part in the final advance into Northern Italy.
Taken from the Commonwealth War Graves Citation:-
The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. There was heavy and fluctuating fighting in the vicinity of Tilly-sur-Seulles immediately after the landings involving chiefly the 49th and 50th Divisions. Tilly itself was not captured until 18 June and fighting continued nearby until mid July. The cemetery contains 990 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and 232 German graves. This is where William Albert now lies.
With help from Kyle on WW2 Talk Forum, without whom I would be lost at times, many thanks to them all.
Transcribed War Diaries:-
William Albert isn’t mentioned as such, but the Diary does mention that there were casualties on that day, so perhaps that is how and when William Albert died.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Graves Concentration Report Forms tell us that William Albert was first buried at Bois du Homme with 2 other 2nd (Glasgow Highlanders) who died on the 1st August 1944 and then they were reburied on the 4th April 1946 at Tilly Sur Seulles British Cemetery where he now lies. Please see the Concentration Report below.
Charles Forrester from Shotton died on the 6th April 1944 and was initially buried at Sourdevalle, France before being reburied at Tilly-sur-Seulles War Cemetery on the 28th January 1946. Please click on the link to read his story.
So the two Deeside lads rest together.