People on board
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives Richard Jones’s age as twenty-nine in 1918 meaning that he was born in 1889. No details of his early life have been found as yet. He may have worked as a Coal Carter prior to enlisting in the army.
He married Ethel May (or E) Brooks in 1912 in Carnarvon and a son, Robert John was born in October 1913. The limited military records show that he enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, possibly having previously been with the Cavalry Regiment (Number 17739). He was wounded in March 1918. In October 1918 he was with the 3rd Battalion of the R.W.F.
It is not known why Richard Jones was on board RMS Leinster on the 10th of October 1918 but he did not survive the sinking of the ship. A report in Yr Herald Cymraeg on the 26th of November said that his body was recovered at Abergele Sands on the north coast of Wales. However family information suggests that his death was registered in the Isle of Man. He was laid to rest in Gorphwysfa Cemetery close to where his wife and child were living at Bryn Goleu, Nebo, Penygroes in Carnarvonshire.