Roy Hector JONES

JONES, Roy Hector

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 1 May 1915
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 May 1894
Home Town: Croxton, Southern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Pulmonary tuberculosis - service related, Macleod Sanatorium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 February 1921, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton
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World War 1 Service

1 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Involvement 24th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Embarked 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
26 Aug 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion
16 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 24th Infantry Battalion
9 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Captain, 24th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, GSW to face, operations on Broodseinde Ridge
6 Jan 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 24th Infantry Battalion, Wounding and ill health.

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Biography contributed by Peter Rankin

Roy was a Gallipoli veteran.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

The final resting place for; - Captain Roy Hector Jones of Croxton, Victoria who prior to his enlistment for War Service had been employed as a clerk. Having previously held a pre-War Commission Roy applied for a Commission with the 1st AIF on the 22nd of April 1915, and was successful in being appointed as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 24th Battalion 1st AIF.

Roy embarked with his Unit for Egypt and further training on the 8th of May and by the end of August the 24th Battalion had arrived on Gallipoli following the August offensive, with Roy having been promoted to Lieutenant.

His Unit would remain on Gallipoli until the general evacuation and was returned to Egypt where shortly after their arrival Roy was admitted into hospital suffering mumps, but was discharged in time to embark with his Battalion for France, where they arrived on the 27th of March 1916. Roy was promoted to Captain whilst in the trenches on the 16th of November, and was seconded for duty with the 6th Training Battalion and was embarked for England on the 16th of February 1917.

Returning to his Unit in France on the 25th of June, Roy’s service in the field was continuous until his Unit was committed to the Third Battle of Ypres, where Roy received a gunshot wound to the face, whilst engaged in the fighting to capture Broodseinde Ridge on the 9th of October. Roy was sent back to England for hospitalization where he would remain until being returned to France, and re-joined his Unit on the 8th of February 1918.

With his general health now broken, Roy was returned to England on the 22nd of April 1918, and was boarded as unfit for further active service. Roy began his repatriation to Australia on the 12th of May, and following his return his appointment was terminated on the 20th of July.

By May 1919 Roy was being admitted into hospital suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis which had originated in France during 1918, and whilst a patient at the Macleod Sanatorium he succumbed to illness on the 8th of February 1921 at the age of 26.
Following his death, Roy was laid to rest within his mother’s grave at Melbourne General Cemetery, Victoria. At this grave the private commemoration of his older brother, Leslie’s, death whilst serving on Gallipoli was as well included.