Spencer Roy JONES

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JONES, Spencer Roy

Service Number: 4155
Enlisted: 1 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Riverton, South Australia, 30 January 1893
Home Town: Riverton, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, South Australia
Schooling: Riverton Public School & Gawler High School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action , France , 30 May 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Borre British Cemetery
Plot I, Row D, Grave No. 17, Panel number, 66
Memorials: National War Memorial (South Australia), Riverton Pictorial HB01-07*
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4155, 12th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4155, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4155, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
30 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4155, 12th Infantry Battalion, Merris (France)

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Biography

Brothers  Herbert John Jones, British Royal Enginners died of fever on board a transpot ship bound for Australia on 30 April 1918  - Clifton Theodore JONES, 5th Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 15 January 1919.

"Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Jones, of Riverton, have received information of the death of their son, Sergeant HERBERT JOHN JONES, Royal British Engineers, of fever on returning transport service on April 30, aged 37, and another son, Private SPENCER ROY JONES, aged 25½ years, was killed in France on May 30. A third son, Private CLIFTON THEDORE JONES, of the 5th Pioneer Battalion, was gassed the same day on active service in France. Sergeant Herbert Jones was born and educated at Riverton. He left for England to go to his uncle's store, then went to England and joined the Naval Brigade. He took part in the South African war, and was there when the first shot was fired. He landed in England on Mafeking day. He was in the Somalilaud war against the Mad Mullah. Me came to Australia in the Pegasus. He was married in New Zealand, and was left a widower with two girls. He enlisted in Australia and went on the Hessian, renamed the Buller, as a Royal Engineer with the second contingent to Gallipoli. He joined an expedition for Persia, and was invalided to Indio and England, and died on the way home, leaving two orphans, aged 8½ and 6 years.

Private Spencer (Roy) Jones was born in Riverton 25½ years ago. He was educated at Riverton and the Gawler High School. At 16 he joined the Water works Department at Kent Town, when he enlisted three years ago. He left January 11, 1916, for Egypt, and was sent to France in August. At Pozieres he received five wounds and was several times operated on. He was sent to France last February. He was a clerk in the draughting department at the waterworks and was a great favorite. Private Cliff Jones has been over three years at the front, and he suffered from trench feet once before being gassed."from the Adelaide Chronicle 29 Jun 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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