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Adolphus William Percy JONES

Regimental number5700
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
SchoolState School near Clifton Darling Downs, completed at Allomis Academy, Brisbane.
Other trainingBank
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
Addressc/o Australian Bank of Commerce, Gladstone, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, A P Jones, Zillmere via Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets, Boy Scouts and Citizen Military Forces (Garrison Artillery)
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 4 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularVery keen in attending drill in Cadet Corps and Boy Scouts. In the latter he was appointed Assistant Scoutmaster before reaching 18 yrs. Transferred from Cadet Corps to Citizen Military Forces at 17 years and 8 months and on the outbreak of the war was called out for garrison duty with the artillery under Major Groom - served 5 months when his battery was relieved. At his parents desire he reluctantly returned from joining the AIF until he reached the age of 19. He returned to his work in the Bank in the interval and notwithstanding his youth attained the rank of ledger keeper in an important Branch. Enlisted at 19 years sailed with 18th reinforcements of 15th Bn May 1916. Served in Egypt and Western Front. Was commisssion and DCM at Riencourt 11th April 1917. (Father)
FateKilled in Action 24 September 1917
Place of death or woundingWesthoek, Flanders, Belgium
Age at death20.11
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Adolphus Percy and Theodasia Helena JONES, Lutwyche Road, Brisbane

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He directed his machine gun team through the enemy's wire under very heavy fire. He rendered invaluable service throughout the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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