Jones, Gordon D


No record of his name being recorded on a memorial can be found.
His name was 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

Marriage recorded for Edward Jones to Amy Bull, Jan-March 1884, Isle of Wight, Vol. 2b, page 803.

In the 1901 census, Gordon D. Jones (b.1895, Newport, Isle of Wight) was living at 2 Banner Cottage, Henry Hill in Newport, Isle of Wight. His mother, Amy Jones (b.1868, Carisbrooke, IOW) was a widow and school caretaker. He had 4 siblings; George E. (b.1882, Parkhurst Barracks, IOW), Ellen (b.1889, Dublin, Ireland), Robert H. (b.1892, Stratford East, Essex) and Phyllis (b.1898, Newport, IOW).
They had 3 visitors; a cousin, Douglas G. Mackie (b.1885, Cowes, IOW) who was a butcher. A lodger, William Gardener who was a prison warden, and his great Grandmother, Jane Pragnell (b.1826, IOW).
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1020; Folio: 109; Page: 21.

Gordon Jones worked as a groom for 2 years to Mrs Hankinson of Little Bassett Wood, Bassett, Southampton. They provided references for him to the army to say he had been a stable lad until September 1912 when they gave up their horses. This was his first position and they described him as “obliging and willing”.

Gordon Douglas Jones enlisted as a Private (service number 7814 or D/7814) into the Dragoon Guards in January 1913. He was 5’6″ and 19 years old with a scar on his right thumb. He had light brown hair and hazel eyes. His papers also show that he was born in Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight, denomination was Church of England, and he was a labourer.

By May 1913 he has achieved his 3rd and 2nd class educational certificates.

His application shows the he applied to the 6th Dragoon Guards, but by the time his medal card was raised in 1914, he was in the 2nd Dragoon Guards. He entered the theatre of war on 16 August 1914.

He was discharged on the 6th December 1917 due to disability caused by a gun shot wound to the right arm. At discharge he was a member of the 4th Royal Dragoons.

He received the 1914 Star, the Victory and British medals as well as the silver war badge and certificate.

He died, aged 23, on 26th October 1918. His death was recorded Oct-Dec 1918, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 253.

Following his death Army form W5080 showed his living relatives. His father was deceased and he was unmarried. His mother was named as Amy Coombes of 1 Pond Close, Burgess Street, Bassett, Southampton.
He had one full brother, Robert (b.1893 and in the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons) and two half-brothers; Bertram (b.1905) and Maurice Coombes (b.1907). He had two full sisters; Ellen Sclater (b.1889) and Phyllis Jones (b.1899) who both lived at 1 Pond Close.
He had two living grandparents; Mary Ann and Maurice Bull of 80 Henry Hill, Newport, Isle of Wight.
Also mentioned was a niece, Ruby Amy Sclater (b.1909) and an aunt, Mrs Goodwin (b.1869) and an uncle, Stanley Bull (b.1890) whose addreses were unknown.

Previous forms had mentioned two other enlisted brothers; George and William.

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