Robert JONES
Rank: Private
Number: 24008
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 15 May 1916
Age: 26
Cemetery: Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St-Eloi, Pas de Calais, France

Robert's parents, Jack and Alice Jones, lived at 52 Ince Street, Heaton Norris.  He was married to Mary Ellen and they lived at 2 Ford Street in the Brinksway area of Stockport, with their only child. Robert worked nearby as a gasser at the Ford Street Mills of Thomas Rivett Ltd. Surprisingly, he is not included in the Company's entry in the Manchester Battalions Book of Honour. He enlisted into the army on 28 December 1914.

On the day he was killed, the Battalion was in the middle of tour of duty in the trenches, which had started on 12 May. They were in the front line at Neuville Saint Vaaste, some 8 kilometres north west of the French town of Arras. The Battalion's War Diary gives no details of its activities or casualties during the tour, but Robert was reported in the Stockport press as having been killed by an "aerial torpedo".

After the war, Mary Ellen had moved to 9 Heapriding Street, still in the Brinksway area. His brother, Jack, was also killed during the War.

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