Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Mark Jones was baptized at St Leonard’s, Bridgnorth, on 15th June, 1898. He was the son of George Jones, mineral water manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Ann. They lived in the High Street and, later, at the Shakespeare Hotel
Mark served with the 10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. He died of wounds on 5th May, 1918, possibly sustained during the First Battle of Kemmel Ridge in April. He is buried in Arneke British Cemetery.
Private Jones, 201929, was awarded the Victory and British Medals.
DIED OF WOUNDS [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 18th May, 1918] Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Jones, of 84 High Street, Bridgnorth, have received information of the death of their son, Private Mark Jones, Worcestershire Regiment. The C. of E. Chaplain, Capt. Clarke, 10th Casualty Clearing Station, referring to the death of Pte. Jones, writing to Mrs Jones under date May 8, 1918, says: “He was brought to the hospital three days ago with penetrating chest wounds, and although everything skill and care could suggest was done for him, I am sorry to say he gradually lost ground, and died yesterday evening. I never saw anyone pass away more peacefully, and just like a child going to sleep – no sign of struggle or distress – in fact it was hard to believe that the boy was really dead. I was with him at the time and as he was passing away I gave him a kiss on the forehead ‘from his mother.’ I have still a dear mother at home, and am thankful to say know how precious and sweet a mother’s love is, and so can feel for you. Your boy asked me to send you his love, and he wished you ‘not to worry’ about him. A hard request, but you will do your best to carry it out. I cut a lock of your dear boy’s hair directly after he passed away, as I thought you would value it. I send you a card of the Church Trust. I shall bury your boy this afternoon in Arneke Military Cemetery, close to the Hospital, and I hope you will some day be able to visit the spot.” Five sons of Mr. and Mrs. Jones joined the Army since the war commenced, and one of them, Pte. Charles Jones, died in Hospital from pneumonia about three years ago.
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