Jones, Wilfred Griffith

Wilfred Griffith Jones was born in Rhyl, Flintshire on 1 April 1887.

The 1891 Census shows that the family lived at 14 Clwyd Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Robert Jones aged 43, a Commercial Traveller.  His wife Ellen Jones aged 44 and their five children – Ruth Catherine Jones aged 15, Ada Elizabeth Jones aged 13, Ethel Gwladys Jones aged 11, Wilfred Griffith Jones aged 4 and Gwladys Muriel Jones aged 1 year.

By 1911 the family had moved to live at ‘Ithelfryn’, Wellington Road, Rhyl.  Robert Jones now aged 62 was a widower, his wife Ellen having died some years previously.  Three of their children were stilling at home, namely, Ruth Catherine Jones, now 35 was a Head Teacher at a local Rhyl school, Wilfred Griffith Jones aged 24, was a Civil Engineer and Gwladys Muriel Jones aged 21, was a Housekeeper.  Also living with the family was Ethel Williams aged 16, a General Servant.

During early 1912, Wilfred married Jane Roberts and they lived at Clwyd View, Prestatyn, Flintshire.  On 9 December 1912, Wilfred became an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He was at that time employed as an Engineer with The Flint Gas and Water Company Limited, Flint. Flintshire.

He enlisted with the 7th Territorial Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was soon commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, then a Lieutenant with the Battalion.  He arrived in France on 9 November 1916.

The National Probate Calendar for 1918, administered in St. Asaph on 7 September 1918, states that Wilfred Griffith Jones on his death had left the sum of £246. 4s. 1d to his widow Jane.

Wilfred Griffith Jones is also remembered on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for Wilfred Griffith Jones at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, Flintshire, which is undated and unsigned.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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