Contributed by: n p jones, on 2008-11-07
|Year of Birth||1894|
|Year of Death||1984|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Eckington, Derbyshire|
The Sherwood Foresters roll states:
Jones, Albert Edward, Lance Corporal, army No. 4578 2nd Battalion, awards MM london gazette 18/7/1917, Born in Staffordshire 13/11/1894, lived at Chesterfield. Joined 1st Battallion on 11/1/15 in the trenches Richebourg-Lagorgue and served with B Company, entry in roll reads: wounded 11/3/15 near Neuve Chapelle, France, evacuated to England 13/3/15 on return posted to 2nd Battalion.
Citation reads: "For devotion to duty on 27/28th may 1917 (Exeter Castle) in a raid on the hair pin craters, having entered the crater he destryed several enemy dugouts by bombs killing many of the enemy who had refused to surrender."
At some time my grandfather moved to Eckington, Derbyshire, where he worked as a coal miner, from where he enlisted with the Sherwood Foresters 1st Battalion, during his time at the front he was wounded three times and reached the rank of Lance Corporal. On 28th may 1917 he was involved in a raid on the hair pin craters where he won the military medal (citation as above in forresters roll). Throughout the attack it was said he displayed great courage and coolness and in fact was one of the first to reach enemy positions, his actions that day were brought to the attention of those in authority and for his galantry Lance Corporal Jones was awarded the Military Medal .
His father Amos must have been a very proud man to hear of his eldest sons decoration but heartache was to follow, in April 1918 the army form b104-83 was delivered to my great grandparents house in Eckington stating their son had been killed in action on March 21st. It must have been devastating for my great grandparents as they climbed the steps to the Eckington Wesleyan Chapel to attend a service in memory of their son, the sad loss and the service were reported in the local newspapers.
You can imagine their feelings when they received the news in August 1918 that Albert Edward was in fact a POW, and very much alive. At the end of hostilities my grandfather returned home and in a ceremony in January 1919 he was presented with his Military Medal and a sum of money from the local war committee. He remained in Eckington for the remainder of his life, where he married and raised a family. He died in 1984 aged 90 of natural causes.