Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Albert Edward Jones was the son of John and Martha Ann Jones.
When Albert enlisted at Guernsey, Channel Islands, he gave his place of birth as Worfield, Salop, though I have found no record of him living there. He may be the Albert Edward Jones whose birth was registered in the Bridgnorth District in the December quarter of 1897 though his age at death as recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission suggests he was born in 1895.
Albert served in the Hampshire Regiment. His medal card suggests that he was initially with the 10th Battalion with whom he went to Gallipoli in early August, 1915. He was killed in action in France on 1st July, 1916, while serving with the 1st Battalion. The first day of the Battle of the Somme was the most costly day of the war for the 1st Hampshires - the battalion was in the centre of the attack line in front of Beaumont Hamel, the British artillery had failed to disable the enemy defences and the explosion of a large land-mine just before the attack had put the enemy on their guard. The battalion's casualties amounted to nearly 600 killed, wounded or missing
Lance Corporal Albert Edward Jones, 9870 Hampshire Regiment, was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 1915 Star.
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