Able Seaman Arthur Thomas Jones


Service Royal Navy Service No. 231814
Rank Able Seaman
Ship:H.M.S.DEFENCE
Date of Birth: 29/05/1887
Born Llantwit Major, Glamorgan
Date of Death: 31/05/1916
Memorial: Not Listed Memorial Inscription

Service History

Arthur Jones joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 on 29 May 1905 and signed on for 12 years service. He had been working as an agricultural labourer and his father had been a butler. He advanced from Boy Seaman to Able Seaman in two years and served among a variety of ships until posted to H.M.S.DEFENCE on 2 September 1913. He was killed in action when the ship was consumed by a massive explosion which killed all of the ship's company, while attacking a larger German ship.

Association with Dawlish

Arthur Jones was in the Royal Navy when he married Lily Bond at the Newton Abbot Register Office on 7th January 1915.   Lily was the daughter of Richard Bond, a former naval rating and coastguard who took his pension in 1888 and died two years later. His widow Mary (nee Mary Ann Evers) worked as a laundress in Dawlish where she had been born. Lily was born in Dawlish ca 1885.

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Next of Kin: Lily Jones, widow
Last Known Address: 2 Stockton Cottages, Dawlish

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