Jones, William Hope

Biographical Details Known  He was the son of Gomer and Elizabeth Jones of Trueddyn, nr Mold. The 1911 census places him there with his father, Gomer who was 60 and a coal hewer, mother Elizabeth 54 -( in 34 years of marriage she had given birth to 9 children, eight of whom had survived), his brother Meredith Gomer 17 an agent at a coal wharf and Emily a sister who was 12 and at school. William Hope himself worked as a salesman at the colliery- he was 26 yrs.

William attested on the 10th August 1914 at Wrexham. There is an ironic note scribbled down one side of his attestation paper. it says, “If however the war is over in less than 3 years you will be discharged with all convenient speed”

He married during the war on 20th January 1916. His bride was Catherine Ann and the wedding took place in the Bethesda Chapel, New Street, Mold. Their home was 53 Wrexham Street, Mold. William returned to the war and was promoted to Sgt in October 1914, Staff Sgt in February 1915 and Staff Sgt Major February 1916.

His army records are very difficult to decipher but his Flintshire Roll of Honour card confirms that he was injured in January 1918. We think his army records say that he had back, head and face injuries. They were clearly very serious and ultimately he died from his wounds ten months later. His Flintshire card bears the name of C.A Jones.

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