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Geoffrey Ernest JONES

Regimental number798
Place of birthPreston, Victoria
SchoolMitcham State School and Wesley College, Victoria
Other trainingWorking Men's College
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer
AddressMt Pleasant Road, Tunstall, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height6' 0"
Weight163 lbs
Next of kinFather, W E Jones, Mt Pleasant Road, Tunstall, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the 48th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSurrey Hills, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name8th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 15 August 1914, wounded at first landing at Gallipoli, 25 April, and was at the Evacuation. Killed at Fleurbaix, 19 July 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 18), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter Edgar and Catherine JONES, New Grove Road, Healesville, Victoria. Native of Preston, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3523 Pte Rolf Stanley JONES, 59th Bn, died of disease, 15 February 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 25 April 1915 (gun shot wound, scalp); admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Cairo, 30 April 1915; transferred to Base Details, 5 May 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 26 May 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 28 August 1915; Temporary Sergeant, 26 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Detached to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 6 February 1916.

Appointed Sergeant, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 24 February 1916.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 13 April 1916, on charge of when on Active service, neglect of duty in that he at Ferry Post on 6 April 1916, after having been ordered by 414 A/CSM R.J. McKenna, B Company, 60th Bn, to parade a fatigue at 0630, did not not parade it until 0645; pleaded 'Not Guilty'; found 'Guilty': awarded forfeiture of seniority of rank as from 13 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Now, 25 August 1916, reported as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1460413, 3236 Pte E.A. STONHAM, D Company, 60th Bn, 16 May 1917: 'He was in charge of VIII pl. B. Coy. and was killed at Fleurbaix on July 19th. I saw him lying in a little ditch just outside our wire as I came back out of the charge. He was shattered all below the thighs. I was alongside him for a bit. He was almost dead and could hardly talk. He must have died soon afterwards.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, JONES Geoffrey Ernest
Red Cross File No 1460413

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