The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Hugh Jones


Hugh Jones was born in 1871 in the village of Gaerwen in the parish of Llanfihangel Ysgeifog in Anglesey to Hugh Jones and Elizabeth Lewis. They had married in Gaerwen in 1857 and Hugh was the fifth of six children. Hugh Jones, Senior, was a Blacksmith as had been his father before him, and in the 1871 census, so also was his eldest son Owen. In the 1881 census only the father was working as a Blacksmith while the three younger sons, John, Hugh and Richard, were at school. In the 1901 census Hugh and Richard were working in Gaerwen with their father, all Blacksmiths.

In 1902 Hugh married Jane Anne Parry and in 1911 they were living in Bryn Celyn, Llanfachreth in west Anglesey, with their four children, Thomas, Lizzie, Albert and Howell. In 1917 Hugh can be found on the crew list of SS City of Stockholm working as ‘Donkeyman’, (small donkey engine) and on 10 October 1918 he was ‘Fireman’ on RMS Leinster. At this stage the family were living at 8 Llanfain, Holyhead.

Hugh did not survive the sinking of the ship and his body was not recovered. He was awarded the Mercantile Marine Medal and British War Medal and he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.



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