“Jones S C” this is the name inscribed on the original St. George Church Memorial to those who lost their lives in World War One.  With such a common name and only initials to work with we cannot determine with certainty the correct casualty referred to.  The following, however, has been found that have links with Bristol & one other with different initials can be closely linked with St. George.

Sidney George Jones

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Driver

Service No:           494349

Unit:                     477th Field Company Royal Engineers.

Sidney George was the son of George & Charlotte Jones of Bristol. Serving with the 477th Field Company Royal Engineers he entered the war theatre on 6th June 1915. Driver Sidney Jones died at GHQ 1st Echelon, Italy on 1st January 1919 he was 22 years old.

Sidney is buried and remembered with honour at the Dueville Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot 2 Row B Grave 6.

Image courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Sidney was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, The British War medal and the Victory Medal.


William H Jones

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Sergeant

Service No:           265055

Unit:                     2nd/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

William was the son of James Henry and Ada Florence Jones of 225 Avonvale Road, Barton Hill, Bristol.

2/5th Battalion originally formed at Gloucester in September 1914 as a home service ("second line") unit. In January 1915 the formation came under command of 2nd South Midland Brigade, 2nd South Midland Division, at Northampton. They moved to Chelmsford in April 1915 and on to Park House Camp (Tidworth) in February 1916.  I n August 1915 the formation became 184th Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.

In 1918 Division were engaged in The Battle of St Quentin one of the actions at the Somme Crossings a phase of the First Battles of the Somme 1918.

On 21 March 1918, the enemy launched what was intended to be a decisive offensive, attacking the British Fifth and Third Armies on the Somme in overwhelming strength. The 61st (2nd South Midland) Division was holding the forward zone of defences in the area northwest of Saint Quentin in the area of Ham and lost many men as it fought a chaotic but ultimately successful withdrawal back over the Somme crossings over the next ten days. In the initial clash, the South Midland faced three enemy Divisions and only began to retire on the afternoon of 22 March, when ordered to do so in consequence of the enemy's progress at other parts of the line.

Sergeant William H Jones was killed in action on 31st March 1918. He was 23 years old. He has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the Pozieres Memorial Panel 40 & 41.

Image courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Sergeant William Jones was awarded The British War Medal, The Victory Medal and The Territorial Force War Medal.



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