Joseph Reginald Jones

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Joseph Reginald Jones
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known
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Place of Birth Drouin, Victoria
Death 31 Oct 1917
Place of Death Broodseinde, Belgium
Age at Enlistment 35 years, 3 months
Description 5'8½" (1.74m) tall ; 139 lbs
63.049 kg
; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; black hair
Occupation Timber faller
Religion Church of England
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Elizabeth Jones
Military Information
Reg Number 5616
Date of Enlistment 10 Apr 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 15th reinforcement / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 22 Sep 1916 ‒ 20 Nov 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A52 Surada
Fate Killed in Action 31 Oct 1917
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Menin Gate Memorial
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1912 Mornington Landing, faller; 1915 - 1916 Mornington, fettler

War Service

Original attempt to enrol rejected due to condition of his teeth. Six weeks later he was accepted and entered Blackboy Hill camp on 10 Apr 1916. On 1 May 1916 he was allocated to the 15th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion.

On arrival in England Joe was sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone to prepare for trench warfare in France and Belgium.

On 21 Dec 1916 Joe proceeded overseas to France from Folkestone aboard HMT Princesse Clementine and entered the 2nd Division's Base Depot at Étaples. On 18 Jan 1917 Joe was taken on strength by the 28th Battalion who were in billets at Buire. Joe was one of 101 reinforcements who arrived that day, and one of 329 for the month of January. Wastage during the month (with no major actions due to weather) was 166 men.

The battalion war diary for 31 Oct 1917 reported the 28th Battalion to be holding the front line near Broodseinde, south of the Ypres-Roulers Railway. At 1:00am they were subject to very heavy gas shelling - more than 300 gas shells counted. However, most of the daylight hours were relatively quiet, and between 9:00pm and 10:15pm they were relieved by the 27th Battalion.

Their loses for the day were 3 Killed in Action, 5 wounded and 1 gassed. Joe was one of the unfortunate ones, a casualty of enemy shelling during the day.

Joe's Red Cross file [1]. held by the Australian War memorial has details only relating to his burial.

"Another of my stretcher bearers was killed on the night of Oct 31st, 1917, and they were both buried on the spot where they were killed by Pte Davis of our Coy. It was just on the right of Zonnebeke Church, about a half a mile from Passchendaele Ridge, so do not think it will be registered, but it may be later, as both A.P. Greig and J.R. Jones 5616, both stretcher bearers, names were put on a piece of board over them. LCpl W.J. Grigson.
  • Menin Gate Memorial photo 2015 Linton Reynolds
  • Section of 28th Battalion panel photo 2015 Linton Reynolds


Notes

Mother as his NOK received a pension of 40/- per fortnight from 17 Jan 1918. She died 23 Aug 1919, his father having died in Kelmscott prior to his enlistment.

  1. "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Joseph Reginald Jones". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 

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