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George Jones was born in Pendleton, Manchester on 13 January 1895, to his father Ernest and mother Alice. He had two brothers William and Edward and an elder sister Ada.

The family resided at 45 Mayor Street, Salford.  George’s father, Ernest had lived on this street since he was a boy, at number 4. Ernest was by trade an electrical works labourer.

On 15 October 1912, aged 17 years and 10 months, George attested into the 8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers for a period of 4 years with the Territorial Force. He was given the service number 1492. Whilst a member of the TF, George was employed as a clerk at British Westinghouse, an electrical manufacturing company in Trafford Park (1899 – 1919) and probably the site his father worked.

On 21 February 1913, George discharged from the Lancashire Fusiliers and the next day enlisted for 6 years ‘Special Reserve service in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. On 21 May 1913 he received his Certificate of Army Education, 3rd Class.

Upon enlisting with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, George, now aged  18 years and 1 month, was single and still living with his parents at 45 Mayor Street. George was described as being 5ft 3″, weighing 109 lbs with brown eyes and black hair. The medical officer also noted a large scar on the front of his chest, left arm and forearm.

George was initially posted into the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, but when hostilities broke out he was mobilized and posted to the 1st Battalion, B Company on 11 September 1914, joining the Battalion in France.

George was injured on 12 October 1914, near Ypres. On 15 October he reported sick complaining of very severe pains in the left hip, radiating down the leg, pain in the right knee joint and pains in his back. George was sent to the field hospital. George stated that his injuries occurred during the night whilst he was going into a communications trench. He had gotten caught in some barbed wire and fell into a 6ft trench wrenching his back.

Although his health was generally improving, he had on various occasions attacks of acute gastritis and vomiting.

George remained in France for 42 days, returning to the UK on 23 October 1914.

On 5 December 1914 George was admitted to Moor Park hospital, Preston, where he was to spend the next 5 months. The medical notes read; complains of pain and tenderness at a point just above and to left of naval. Pain very acute at times, and relieved by frequent vomiting. Vomit smells sour, and mostly does not contain blood. Bowels, temperature routine. Pains down left leg and right knee.

A medical board at Queen Marys military hospital, Whalley, Lancashire on 20 December 1915 recommended that he be discharged under K.R. XVI /392.

On 12 January 1916, aged 21 years, George Jones was discharged from the Army as being no longer fit for military service, Chelsea number 53980D. It was said that he was of very good character.

George was issued the Silver War Badge number 70858, and later received his medals, a 1914 Star with clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

A proud veteran, George was a member of the Old Contemptibles Association, and was granted membership of the Veterans of King Albert (Great Britain Section) in 1965. At this time he was living at 19 Welwyn Drive, Salford, Lancashire.

George’s son, John E Jones enlisted in the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class, 15 June 1944 and started on his entry course on 23 August 1944. John completed his Stokers Marine Engineering course on 14 August 1945. John’s service record has one entry, in that he was employed on HMS Defiance on general duties, and double bottom party. John was discharged from the Navy on 14 July 1947, his character being  noted as Very Good. Johns medal entitlement for his service was a single 1939-45 war medal.

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