In memory of Ernest Kerrison Jones

Photo of Ernest Kerrison Jones

Ernest Kerrison Jones was the second son of Mr and Mrs John Kerrison Jones of Glasfryn, Wrexham. His father was the chief overseer and collector of rates for the borough.

Ernest was educated at Grove Park School, where he excelled at mathematics. He gained a place at University College, Oxford, where he won first class “mods” at Oxford (the second exam stage out of three).

He joined the Officer Training Corps at Oxford, and volunteered for service as soon as war broke out. He was given a commission and posted to the 8th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He survived the disastrous Allied attempt to invade Turkey at Gallipoli with only minor injury. He was invalided home in 1916 with dysentery.

Returning to the fray before the start of the Battle of the Somme, Captain Jones was attached to a battalion in which other Wrexham officers were serving. He was killed, aged 24, on the second day of the battle, moments after he had taken part in a successful attack on German trenches at La Boiselle, near Albert.

His body was never found. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, in the Somme region of France.

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