Harry JONES M.M.
Rank: Sergeant
Number: 265672
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 24
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Harry was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs James H Jones, 2 Little Egerton Street, Heaton Norris. He had been born locally, within the parish of Christ Church, and he was a member of the congregation. He worked at Cocker's Leather Works, Brinksway and, in his spare time, had been a lieutenant in the Baker Street Boys' Brigade.

He volunteered for the army in September 1914 and went overseas in January 1915, probably joining the Battalion as part of draft on the 29th. In June 1916, he was wounded and did not recover and rejoin the Battalion until May 1917.

The local press, reporting his death, said that he had been awarded the Military Medal for an act of gallantry earlier in July 1917. The Battalion History does not name him specifically but it does include the following account for the 5 July:-

"In the early hours of July 5th a party of four officers and 133 other ranks (including ten R.E.s) raided the Caliban Trench and support trench, which were situated opposite the Hill Top Sector, Ypres. The object was to kill and capture as many of the enemy as possible, to destroy the enemy's defences, and secure information. In spite of strenuous opposition all objectives were achieved and information of considerable value obtained. Dugouts were destroyed and five prisoners taken. Two Military Crosses and four Military Medals were awarded for this raid."

On 31 July, Harry took part in the Battalion's advance as part of the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. Click here for details. He was originally posted as missing and it was not until April 1918 that the military authorities made an official presumption that he must have been killed. His body was never found and identified and he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Ieper (the Ypres).

The local newspaper reported that Harry had two brothers also serving in the forces. It is believed they survived the War.

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