Edward Jones, Private PLY/878S, 2nd R.M. Bn., R.N. Div. Royal Marine Light Infantry
Killed in action 6th January 1916 at Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 22
Edward Jones was born on 16th December 1893 and baptised on 25th March 1894 at St Georges Church, Poynton, the son of Mary and David Jones, a tailor, of Poynton, Stockport.
In 1901, seven year old Edward was living at 109 Midway, Poynton, with his parents and siblings Thomas (23), Charles (21), William (18), Arthur (16), Annie (12), Edith (9) and Fred (4), and his paternal uncle Thomas. By 1911 Edward’s father had died and he was living at 260 Midway with his widowed mother and siblings William, Arthur, Annie and Fred and his uncle Thomas, and employed as an office boy for a shipping company.
Edward enlisted in Manchester on 5th June 1915, becoming a private in the Royal Marines (Plymouth Division). His service records describe him as being 5 feet 5½ inches tall, with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair, and he was employed as a valet prior to enlisting.
Edward was sent for training and obtained a first class pass in Musketry on 23rd July 1915. On 23rd October 1915 he embarked for Gallipoli with the 2nd Royal Marine Battalion. His service records state that his character was ‘Very Good‘ and his ability ‘Satisfactory‘.
Edward was killed in action on 6th January 1916.
Private Edward Jones has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 18 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Edward Jones, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Edward Jones is commemorated on the Poynton war memorial.