Cyril Frank Vivian Jones

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Dartford
Regiment: East Kent (The Buffs)
Battalion: 7th
Rank / Service No: Private, G/15630
Died: 30th September 1916, aged 19 years
Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, France


Cyril was the elder of 2 sons born to Frank Judge and Ellen Jane Jones (nee Pinnick), who married in Winchester in 1896.


Frank, a draper & outfitter, was born in Braintree on 9 August 1874 and he died in Southampton in 1947.

Ellen was born in Shirley on 4 October 1872; it is not known when she passed away, but she was alive in 1939.


Whilst the family was in Southampton, they lived at 68 Anglesea Road in Shirley.


There is an interesting tie-up between the Jones and Hersee families, although there is no obvious genetic tie up.

Cyril was a “visitor” to the Hersee house in Rodmell, near Lewes, at the 1911 Census. At the same time, Walter James Hersee was boarding with the Jones’ in Arundel.


Leslie Henry Kenneth   b. 27 July 1907 Dartford   d. 1984 New Forest   Married Iris M. Stannard in Southampton in 1941.



The 7th East Kent was raised at Canterbury in September 1914, and joined the 55th Brigade in the 18th (Eastern) Division.

The division moved to Salisbury Plain in May 1915 and landed in France in the July, concentrating near Flesselles.


On 21 September, the battalion was inspected by Lord Kitchener.


In 1916 they were in action on the Somme in the Battle of Albert, capturing their objectives near Montauban.

The battalion also took part in the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, where they helped to capture Trones Wood.


There then followed the Battle of Delville Wood before the fateful Battle of Thiepval Ridge. It is likely Cyril perished during a dawn German attack on the south and west sides of the Schwaben Redoubt near Thiepval.


Memorials to the dead of the 18th Division stand at Trones Wood and at Thiepval.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th October 2016


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