Edward Jones


1886 Birth In the army records his year of birth is given as 1886, but his 'gravestone death age' would make his birth be in 1887
1891 Census


1901 Census  

Enlisted in Army

(age 18 or 19)

Enlisted in the South Staffs Regiment - At Lichfield enlistment station. You were not allowed to enlist unless you were 18, and not allowed to serve overseas unless you were 19. Many lied about their age to 'get in'.

His Army Roll Number was 7604

His listing in the Express and Star Dinner for veterans in March 1919 list him as being enrolled in the First South Staffs Regiment.

The 1st Batallion of the South Staffs were stationed in England and Ireland from 1904 until 1911. A posting in Ireland would explain Edward signing with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1921, but records show he was stationed in England.

1906 England: Bordon, Hampshire. 

1911   Gibraltar.
31/01/1912   While in Gibraltar, new colours were presented to the battalion by King George V on 31 January 1912.

Posted to South Africa with his regiment the 1st Staffordshire Battalion.

August 1914   in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Recieved call to return to Europe for the start of World War I.
19 September 1914  

Returned home - landing Southampton, England.

Came under orders of the 22nd Brigade in 7th Division. Moved to Lyndhurst

04/10/1914 Medal award for being with the British Expeditionary Force

The South Staffs Regiment was part of the 22nd Brigade of the British Army. It was assigned to the 7th Division and served on the Western Front and in the Italian Campaign during the First World War.

6 October 1914   Landed at Zeebrugge
19 October – 22 November 1914   First Battle of Ypres
10–13 March 1915   Battle of Neuve Chapelle
9 May 1915   Battle of Aubers Ridge
15–25 May 1915   Battle of Festubert
25-28 September 1915   Battle of Loos
20 December 1915   Transferred to 91st Brigade in the 7th Division.
July - November 1916   Battle of the Somme
July - November 1917  

Battle of Passchendaele

Edward was taken Prisoner of War and worked in the salt mines until the end of the war

November 1917  

His Battalion moved with the 7th Division to Italy.

He remained in captivity.

24 October to 3 November 1918  

Edward's comrades in arms fought in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto

He was still in captivity....

25/02/1919 Transfer to the Army Reserve

The Army Reserve allowed soldiers to be called up quickly in case of need, but be billeted at home rather than at a barracks. Edward is now effectively unemployed. He gives his address as 21 Claremont Road, Sedgley near Dudley. This was the address of his sister, Violet?

These houses were built around 1918. In the maps of 1919 there are only a couple of houses shown.

    Programme for dinner and entertainments ("Peace Dinner") to returned prisoners of war at the Baths Assembly Rooms, Wolverhampton, Mar 1919
31/03/1920 Discharge from the Army



(age 34)

Married Harriet Wedge (age 29)

1921 July-Sept - Dudley - 6b 2151

Name: Edward Jones
Spouse Surname: Wedge
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1921
Registration district: Dudley
Inferred County: Staffordshire
Volume Number: 6b
Page Number: 2151


21/08/1921 Enrolled in Army Reserve Section D - Number: 7077170 - Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Birth of a daughter

(age 34)


Birth of twins

(age 38)


Violet M (Mary?) 6b 1690

John Edward

11/08/1925 Discharge from the Army Reserve Soon after this Edward must have gained employment as a packer with Bradley Bar & Sheet Iron Co Limited.

Birth of a daughter

(age 42)

Ivy L. 6b 1481


(Age 44)

Made redundant from Bradley Bar & Sheet Iron Co Limited.



Age 55

Age at death is given from the gravestone.

Name: Edward Jones
Birth Date: abt 1887
Date of Registration: Mar 1943
Age at Death: 56
Registration district: Rowley Regis
Inferred County: Staffordshire
Volume: 6b
Page: 1030


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