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Arthur Jones was born in North Camp, Aldershot in 1874 to Corporal John Jones of the 2nd Battalion Royal North British Fusiliers and Mary Ann (nee Burgess). John Jones who was originally from Liverpool joined the Army in October 1859 which was the same year as his marriage to Mary Ann.

His Battalion moved from Kent to Dublin in 1862 and this is where the couple`s first child John Henry (1862) was born. In July 1863 the Battalion left Dublin for a nine and a half year tour which included the Madras Presidency, Burma and the Andaman Islands before it returned to Madras. During this period abroad John and Mary Ann had three more children; Isabella (1866) born East Indies, Elizabeth (1867) born Secunderabad, East Indies and William (1870) who was born in Rangoon, Burma.

The 2nd Battalion returned to Aldershot at the end of 1873 and the following year Arthur was born. On the 19th July 1875 John Jones was discharged from the Army after serving 18 years and 359 days. The reason for his discharge being that he was no longer fit for military service and was suffering from a “general debility due to long service in India which results from the effects of service in an unhealthy climate”. At his discharge John gave his intended place of residence as Preston, Lancashire. By 1881 Arthur and his family were living at 197 Brook Street in Preston and Arthur had two more brothers Thomas (1878) and Francis (1881) who were both born in Preston.

Following in his father`s military footsteps Arthur joined the Militia in Preston on the 18th June 1890 and served 83 days before enlisting into the Royal Lancaster Regiment in November of the same year. His attestation papers state his age as 18 years but he was actually only 16. He was 5`4” tall, had grey eyes and dark brown hair. Arthur served for 8 years before he was discharged on the 5th February 1898 and transferred to the Reserve.

He married Hannah Schofield on the 26th May 1899 in St. Peter`s Church in Preston and at the time he was working as a blacksmith`s striker. As a reservist Arthur was recalled to the Colours in November 1899 and subsequently saw some service in the South African war. He was back in England by November 1901 and on the 1st May 1902 he was posted to the Reserve once again.

In 1911 Arthur and Hannah were living at 67 Murray Street in Preston and by now they had two daughters, Evelyn (1900) and Elizabeth Emily (1902). Arthur was working for Preston Corporation on the docks as a labourer and Hannah was a ring spinner in a cotton mill.

After war was declared Arthur was once more recalled to the Colours and this time he joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was allocated the number 10954. On the 20th September 1914 he sailed for France with a batch of reinforcements for the 1st Battalion.

On the 21st-22nd December 1914 the 1st Battalion was in action at the Battle of Givenchy in which 89 men were killed and 320 wounded or missing.

Sadly, Arthur died from wounds in a German hospital on the 2nd January 1915, it is quite likely he was one of the men wounded and then taken prisoner during the action at Givenchy.

His wife Hannah later notified the local paper who published the following photograph and information.10954 Corporal Arthur Jones 1st Battalion

Arthur was buried in Sainghin-en-Weppes Communal Cemetery in France. After the war he was awarded the 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

Rank: Corporal
Service No: 10954
Date of Death: 02/01/1915
Age: 41
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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