John Richard Jones was born in Greenfield, Flintshire during 1895.
In 1901 the family lived in a Chapel Independents Cottage by the Crown, Llanasa, Flintshire. The head of the family was Joseph Jones aged 41, who was employed as a Lead Miner. His wife Mary Ann Jones aged 43 and their 7 (seven) children – Elizabeth Jones aged 21, Joseph Jones aged 18, who was also employed as a Lead Miner. Sarah Ann Jones aged 14, Edward Jones aged 13, John Richard Jones aged 6, Louisa Jones aged 4 and Jane Jones aged 2 years.
The 1911 Census tells us that the family now reside at 2 Glan-y-Don Cottage, Bagillt Road, Greenfield, Flintshire. Joseph Jones who is now aged 52 is a General Labourer. His wife Mary Ann Jones now 54 and they have 5 (five) children still living at home – Edward Jones aged 23, a Coal Heavers Filler (Loaded coal carts in the mine), John Richard Jones aged 16, a Farm Labourer, Louisa Jones aged 14, Jane Jones aged 12 and Timothy Jones aged 9.
Six other Flintshire Soldiers were also killed in action on Monday 10 July 1916 during the Battle of Mametz Wood, they were – Sergeant 20496 James Congdon, Private 16442 Llewelyn Williams and Private 16534 Oscar Darby, who are remembered on the Rhyl War Memorial, Private 21235 Thomas Charles Jones MM, who is remembered on the Bagillt War Memorial, 2nd Lieutenant James Victor Sinnett-Jones who is remembered on the Caerwys War Memorial, Lance Corporal 20977 Peter Jones who is remembered on the Greenfield War Memorial.
He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.
There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour card for John Richard Jones at the County Archives Office, Hawarden. Details of his medals were obtained from www.forces-war-records.co.uk.