Roy Norish JONES


JONES, Roy Norish

Service Numbers: 3707, 3703
Enlisted: 1 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Woodville, South Australia, 11 June 1887
Home Town: Pinnaroo, South Australia
Schooling: Port Adelaide and Prince Alfred College
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 7 August 1916, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.2
Serre Road Cemetery No 1, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Pinnaroo Soldiers Memorial Hosptial, Pinnaroo War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3707, 16th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3707, 16th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
7 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3707, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
Date unknown: Involvement SN 3703, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Cpl. Roy N. Jones, of Pinnaroo, has been officially reported to be missing. A comrade, H. C. Whittle, in writing to the soldiers relatives, has expressed the conviction that he is dead. Pte. Whittle says:

"Yon have been notified by the authorities that Roy is missing, but from those who saw him last there does not seem to be any shadow of doubt that he was killed. I was separated from him, being in another part of the trenches. I had enquired about him many times, and had been told that he was safe and well, and I was looking forward to seeing him very much when we were relieved. On arrival at the dump where I expected to see him, I learned that he had been seen at the cooking place a few minutes before it was struck by a shell, which killed and wounded several poor fellows, and every one is convinced that Roy perished with them. You see, nothing was recovered to prove that he was among them, but those who witnessed it haven't a shadow of doubt about it. Roy had done splendid work in the trenches, and had come through without a scratch. I was shown where his remains were buried in company with others, and before leaving I had a little wooden cross placed over it to mark the spot in memory of him. A large one had also been put there in memory of those who had fallen with him. It is a fortnight to-day (August 20) since it happened. I have been hoping against hope that something else would turn up, but I have given up hope, and am convinced that the poor chap was killed"." - from the Adelaide Observer 11 Nov 1916 (