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George JONES (1892-1916)

George JONES, son of Samuel White JONES (1849?-1896) and Elizabeth Mary HILL (1849-1941), was born in 1892 in Parramatta, NSW.1 He was a follower of the Church of England faith .2,3 He was described as young, of medium height (5ft 3½ins) and rather stout build (chest measurements of 34ins and 36ins,) with hazel eyes, dark hair and weighing 8stone exactly (112lbs) .3,4 On 26 July 1915 he resided at 6 Chelsea St in Redfern, NSW. He was living there with his mother when he enlisted.2 On 26 July 1915 he was a bootmaker . This was his stated occupation when he enlisted.2,3

between 1915 and 1916 when aged 22-24 he served in World War I in 20 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 13 Reinforcements (June 1915 - July 1916) of the 60th Battalion. He enlisted at Liverpool, NSW. His service number was 2392 and he attained the rank of Private. He embarked from Sydney on the HMAT (A70) "Ballarat" on 6 September 1915 and on arrival was probably stationed at Alexandria in Egypt. After being under medical care from 12 November 1915 to 14 January 1916, he was taken on strength by the 56th Battalion on 19 February at Tel-el-Kebir. He was in hospital from 1 April to 19 May with Influenza. He was transferred to the 15th Brigade and eighteen days later was taken on strength with the 60th Battalion. On 18 June 1916 he embarked from Alexandria on the "Kinfaung Castle" to join the British Expeditionary Force and arrived at Marseilles in France on 29 June. He was first recorded as missing on 28 July.2,3

he died (aged 24) on 19 July 1916 in Fleurbaix, France. The cause was wounds received in action. A Court of Enquiry convened by the C.O. 60th Infantry Battalion AIF held "in the Field" in France on 4 August 1917 found George was killed in action. Cpl. H. WILLIAMS, 4937 said he and George were tentmates. On 19th July at Fleurbaix he saw George in the front line trenches just before the charge. He didn't see him again but, from his own experience, he believed that he was killed in No Man's Land on the night of the 19th.3,4 He was buried in 1916 in the 7 V.C. Corner of the Australian Cemetery Memorial in Fromelles, France. George's name is located at panel 170 in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial.5,6 George's medals and awards were forwarded to his mother. They were a Memorial Scroll and King's Message on 25 October 1921; the Victory Medal (No 23363) and the British War Medal (No 23532) on 4 February 1922 and the Memorial Plaque (No. 329100) on 1 November 1922.3

Citations

1{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 28608 / 1892
2{S0548}, War Records : Embarkation and Nominal Roll : World War I : JONES, George (0171). Cit. Date: 2 April 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.
3{S0242}, Military Service File : JONES, George (0171). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
4{S0545}, Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry and Bureau Files, 1914 - 1918 War : JONES, George (0171). Custom Id: 1DRl / 0428. Cit. Date: 2 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
5{S0546}, Commonwealth War Graves Commisiion : JONES, George (0171) (http://www.cwgc.org/fromelles/). Cit. Date: 2 April 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.
6{S0547}, Australian War Memorial : JONES, George (0171). Cit. Date: 2 April 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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Updated : 23 Mar 2014