Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Harry Martin Jones was the son of John Jones, and his wife Eliza. John was a house painter and Eliza ran a business as a confectioner and baker from the family home in North Gate, Bridgnorth. Harry was baptised at St Leonards on 10th November, 1889. Harry was educated at Bridgnorth Grammar School.
Before the war, Harry worked as a Certificated Elementary School Teacher for the City of Birmingham Education Committee. He joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, serving in the 8th Battalion.
On 11th July, 1918, Captain Jones applied for a silver war badge. This was awarded to men who had been honourably discharged from the forces through illness or wounds - to protect them from accusations of cowardice. Captain Jones died on the 27th November, 1918 at the Pinewood Sanatorium, Wokingham, Berkshire – a TB hospital.
Captain Jones does not appear to have received either the Victory or British Medal so it is possible that ill health prevented him from serving overseas (however, see below).
WOUNDED IN ACTION [Bridgnorth Journal 8th July, 1916] Mrs Jones, 25 North Gate, has received information that her son, Second-lieutenant Harry Martin Jones, R. Warwicks, has been wounded.
OLD BOY NOTES [Bridgnorth Grammar School Magazine, December 1916] Lieut. H. M. Jones who was reported wounded in out last issue, is now convalescent but is not yet well enough for service.
[BMDs] DIED [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 30th November, 1918] JONES.- On the 27th inst., at Pinewood Sanatorium, Wokingham, after a long and painful illness, patiently borne, Captain H. Martin Jones, eldest and dearly loved son of Mrs Jones and the late John Jones, 25 North Gate, Bridgnorth. One of God’s faithful warriors, His will be done.
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