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Robert Jones

JONES, Robert (Bob)

Robert, known as Bob, Jones was born in 1886 in Aberystwth, Wales to Joseph Jones and Margaret Jones. He was the eldest of their four children, the others all being girls. Joseph Jones was Caretaker / Porter at the University of Wales in Aberystwth. The family lived in King Street, but by 1911 it appears that they lived on the University grounds. Bob worked as a Solicitor’s Secretary with the firm of Messrs. Roberts and Evans of Aberystwth.

Bob’s military records have not been identified so it is not known when he enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. By October 1918 he was with the 3rd Battalion, stationed in Limerick. It has not been confirmed but it would appear that he was returning to Wales on leave following the birth of his daughter on the 3rd of October. He travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October with twenty other R.W.F. soldiers, seventeen of whom lost their lives. However it was reported on the 25th of October in the Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard that Sergeant Bob Jones had been rescued. He had been in the water for three hours before he was picked up by a British destroyer.

Again unconfirmed, it appears that by the time of the 1939 Register Bob Jones was working as Cashier and Chief Clerk in the University in Aberystwth where his daughter Dilys was also employed as a Laboratory Steward in the Botany department. His wife was named as Ellen.



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