John Thomas Jones was born in 1883 in Elson, Ellesmere along with a younger sister Jane (Ginny) and a younger brother Charles Edward (Charley) His parents Edward and Elizabeth were farmers and by the 1911 census they had moved to Treflach Hall Farm.
John Thomas continued to work on the farm up until his enlistment in September 1914.
His brother Charley Edward Jones is also represented on this website as he too was to lose his life in the First World War and it is recorded in local history that the loss of the brothers had a huge impact on both the local community and their family. The brother's sister was known locally as Jinny the Pit and an extract from Bernard Martins Jottings (a local man's account of village life in the 30s and 40's) shown below highlights this.
Military Record including Regimental and Battalion Information
Private John Thomas Jones 2422 enlisted into the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry in September 1914.
It would seem he followed a very similar path during his army days to Thomas John Ellis from Trefonen who I am led to believe was a cousin.
Like his cousin he transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers 4th Reserve Battallion in mid November 1916 as number 11822 then on 7th December was sent to France to an Infantry Base Depot.
Again like his cousin he was transferred to the front line with the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers as number 55230 on 13th December 2016.
Private John Thomas Jones was killed in action on the 27th May 1917 whilst fighting on the Hindenburg front line near to Croisilles. On that day the 2nd Bn took part in an attack. They met with heavy machine gun and rifle fire. Losses in the ranks were 19 killed, 76 wounded, 59 Missing. The Battallion War Diary for the day is shown below.