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Alun was born in February 1897 in Carmarthenshire, eldest son of Reverand Griffith Jones and his wife Catherine. The Reverend Jones was a Congregational pastor for Capel Newydd Church in Hendy. By 1901 Alun, 4 had a younger brother, Elphin. The family lived in Llanedy, Carmarthenshire. Ten years later they were still at the same address but Alun was at the Congregational school in Caterham. A

boarding school for sons of Congregational ministers and had been in so for a hundred years. About 1912, after school Alun came to Brecon as a bank clerk at the National Provincial Bank and spent a number of years in the town. He joined the Montgomery Yeomanry in January 1916; they were camped at Slwch in Brecon. Later he was an officer in the Tank Corps. He was involved in a tank attack at Cambrai and killed when struck by a shell. He was good friends with John Harold Jones, also a clerk at the bank. John also lost his life some weeks before Alun¹⁷ and is also featured in this book. Alun's younger brother Elphin was invalided out of the Mercantile Marine after having contracted malaria.



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Second Lieutenant John Harold Jones

Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st Battalion, service no. 241978

Killed in Action 1st October 1917 Age 28

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial Zonnebeke Belgium

John was born to Benjamin and Mary Jones in Aberaeron, Cardiganshire in 1889.On the 1901 census the family lived 16, Alban Square Aberaeron, John being the second of six children. His father’s occupation was clerk to the Local Guardians workhouse.

In 1911 John was a boarder age 21 living in Portmadoc, Caernarvonshire and his occupation was bank clerk. He later moved to Brecon and worked for four years at the National Provincial Bank before joining up in 1916. He was well known and liked in the town.

His Service Records state the he was originally a private in the East Kent Regiment (Buffs) and transferred on his Commission to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 27th March 1917.  He had been in the trenches for about four months and was said to have been struck by a bullet from an enemy aeroplane and died instantly.

At the time of his death his father was a widower and still living at the same address in Aberaeron.

Second Lieutenant Richard Alun Jones

Tank Corps, 4th Battalion D

Died November 20th, 1917, aged 20

Buried at Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery, Nord, France