Brian Richard Alan (Jonesy) JONES


JONES, Brian Richard Alan

Service Number: 55780
Enlisted: 5 July 1968, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Squadron Special Air Service Regiment
Born: Birmingham, England, 18 April 1948
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Gunshot wound, South Vietnam, 10 April 1971, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Officer Cadet School Portsea Memorial
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Vietnam War Service

5 Jul 1968: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 55780, Perth, Western Australia
14 Jun 1969: Promoted Australian Army (Post WW2), Second Lieutenant, Army Training Units
18 Feb 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Second Lieutenant, SN 55780, 2nd Squadron Special Air Service Regiment

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Biography contributed by Deane Pye

Brian Jones was born in Western Australia on 18 April 1948.

He enlisted in the Army on 5 July 1968 and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Australian Infantry on 14 June 1969, from the Officer Cadet School Portsea.

Posted to SASR on 23 June 1969 he underwent SAS selection in July 1969.

Brian died on 10 April 1971 when he was accidentally shot during a 20-man force element search and destroy operation in South Vietnam. Brian was participating in a forward two-man reconnaissance when he patrolled back into the defensive position of his own Patrol.

Brian’s next-of-kin at the time of his death was his wife. He was the father of a son.