Alfred Charles JONES MM

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JONES, Alfred Charles

Service Numbers: 1824, 4974
Enlisted: 27 January 1915, 2 years in 12th Australian Infantry
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 4th Machine Gun Company
Born: Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia, 1 November 1891
Home Town: Scottsdale, Dorset, Tasmania
Schooling: Scottsdale State School, Tasmania
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Illness, United Kingdom, 8 August 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Row C, Grave No. 229
Memorials: Nyabing Honour Rolls, Scottsdale Municipality Pictorial HR
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World War 1 Service

27 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1824, 16th Infantry Battalion, 2 years in 12th Australian Infantry
19 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1824, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Argyllshire, Fremantle
19 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1824, 16th Infantry Battalion
9 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 16th Infantry Battalion
10 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Driver, 4th Machine Gun Company
14 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4974, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Melbourne
14 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4974, 14th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
25 Jul 1917: Honoured Military Medal, During the operations near GUEUDECOURT from 15th November, 1916, to 6th December, 1916, these N.C.O.s and men did most excellent work as members of the Divisional Pack Transport Troops.
8 Aug 1917: Involvement Driver, SN 1824, 4th Machine Gun Company, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From AWM:

1824 Private Alfred Charles Jones, 16th Battalion, of Scottsdale, Tas was a farmer prior to enlistment he embarked from Fremantle, WA, with the 4th Reinforcements on board HMAT Argyllshire (A8) on 19 April 1915. Jones was taken on strength and transferred to the 4th Machine Gun Corps and was appoined to rank of Driver (Dvr) on 9 March 1916. He was awarded the Military Medal (MM) during the operations near Gueudecourt from 15 November to 6 December 1916. According to the recommendation "these N.C.O.s and men did most excellent work as members of the Divisional Pack Transport Troops. They are selected from the 256 N.C.O.s and Drivers as having set a fine example to the remainder by their coolness under fire, determination, and resource. They never failed in getting the mules up to Battalion Headquarters although they came constantly under shell fire, during which a number of mules were killed. Their work was done at night under the most difficult conditions, and they were instrumental in saving a number of valuable animals from drowning when bogged in shell holes in the portion of their journey beyond Brigade Headquarters, which was under constant shell fire." Dvr Jones died of sickness at the Lidworth Military Hospital, England on 8 August 1917, aged 26. He is buried at the Tidworth Military Cemetery, North Tidworth, England.

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