Joseph William Jones

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Private

Service No:           25306

Unit:                     10th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

 

Joseph was born in Bristol in 1900.  He was a son of Sydney & Mary Ann Jones.  In 1911 he was living with his parents & 2 older siblings at 4 Summerhill Cottages St George. His father was a boot maker and Joseph was still at school.

10th (Service) Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment was formed at Bristol in September 1914 as part of K3 and attached to as Army Troops to 26th Division. Moved to Salisbury Plain but by November 1914 was in billets in Cheltenham, subsequently returned to Salisbury Plain in April 1915.

10th Battalion landed in France 8 August 1915 and on 17 August 1915 were transferred to 1st Brigade in 1st Division.

The Battle of Pozières (23rd July to 3rd September 1916) was a struggle for the French village of Pozières and the ridge on which it stands, during the middle stages of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Though British divisions were involved in most phases of the fighting, Pozières is primarily remembered as an Australian battle. The fighting ended with the Allied forces in possession of the plateau north and east of the village, in a position to menace the German bastion of Thiepval from the rear.

Joseph was killed in action on the 29th August 1916 possibly during this battle; he is remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Faces 5A & 5B.

Image by Doug Crew

Private Joseph Jones was awarded The British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Long Long Trail

1901 & 1911 UK census

Wikipedia

Soldiers Died in the Great War