Edward Pitcairn Jones

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Petersfield, Hampshire
Regiment: Rifle Brigade
Battalion: 9th
Rank / Service No: 2nd Lieutenant
Died: 13th May 1916, aged 20 years
Buried: Avesnes-le-Comte Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Plot I, Row A, Grave 19)


Edward was the younger of 2 known children born to Edward Pitcairn and Rosalie Jones (nee Gray), who married in Paddington in 1885.

The couple are known to have had 3 children, so it must be assumed that one child died in infancy.


At the 1901 Census, the family were living in Portsmouth.

Rosalie and the two boys were living in Westwood Road, Portswood at the 1911 Census.


Edward Snr. , a Rear Admiral and holder of the Military Cross, was born in London in 1851; he died in Portswood on 31 March 1908.

Rosalie was also born in London, on 20 May 1853. She passed away in Fareham in 1942.


Charles Gray Pitcairn   b. 10 March 1893 Petersfield   d. 1970 Bexley   Married Marjorie Louise Moore Cameron in Queensland, Australia on 29 March 1921

Charles was a Lieutenant Commander in the R.N. by the end of 1923.



The 9th Rifles was raised at Winchester on 21 August 1914 and joined the 42nd Brigade in the 14th (Light) Division.

They trained at Petworth and Aldershot and landed at Boulogne on 19 May 1915.


On 30 July 1915, near Hooge, the battalion became the first to be attacked with flamethrowers; 173 men lost their lives that morning.


Later in 1915 the battalion was involved in The Second Attack on Bellewaarde where, once again, the battalion lost many men (some to Allied shells falling short of their target).


It is known Edward died of wounds picked up on the battlefield. This must have been during the everyday trench warfare on the Somme, because there were no major actions during May 1916.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th October 2016


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