Jones, George Robert


Name recorded on Highfield War MemorialBitterne War Memorial and Southampton Cenotaph
His name was also found in the Highfield School headteachers log listed as an old boy, lost during World War 1. See Highfield School Roll of Honour.

Other Information

Birth registered for George Robert Jones, Jul-Sep 1900, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 73.

In the 1901 census, George R. Jones (b.1900, Highfield) lived with his parents, George R. (b.1871, Southampton) and Alice E. (b.1870, Southampton) at 1 Hill Top Cottages, off Chapel Street. The address was given as Portswood, but was Highfield (as the next street was Heatherdene Road, thus locating the properties approximately on Highfield Lane, as Chapel Street was later renamed Chaplin Street and then Roselands Gardens).
George (snr) was a house painter. 3 other children were named; Emily L. (b.1897, Highfield), Harry W. (1898, Highfield) and Alice M. (b.1900, Highfield).
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1068; Folio: 166; Page: 32.

George enlisted in the Mercantile Marine. He served as a Scullion on the H.M.H.S. “Asturias” (Belfast), but was killed on 21 March 1917, when the hospital ship was torpedoed by U-boat in Avonmouth, Devon. The crew of 35 were killed, the wounded that she had been carrying had previously landed. George was aged just 16.

Commonwealth War grave commission records show that he was the son of George Robert Jones, of 12, Chaplin St., Highfield, Southampton, and the late Alice Elizabeth Jones. There is no known grave but he was commemorated on the TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London.

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