|Date of birth:||10th November 1898|
|Place of birth:||Walthamstow, London|
|Regiment:||Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)|
|Rank / Service No:||Private, 129046|
|Died:||27th May 1918, aged 19 years|
|Commemorated:||Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France|
Ronald was the second of 5 sons born to William and Beatrice J. Jewel (nee Aiston), who married in High Wycombe in 1896.
William was born in Southampton on 18 May 1874; it is not known when he died, although he was alive in 1939.
Beatrice was born in High Wycombe on 13 March 1878 and she passed away in the New Forest in 1940.
Percival William G. b. 13 April 1897 High Wycombe d. 1985 Southampton Married Martha G. Pendry in Chelsea in 1938.
Stanley Alfred b. 7 December 1899 Leicester d. January 1975 Suffolk, New York. Married an Elsie in England, became a US citizen on 13 January 1947.
Roy Cyril b. 4 March 1902 High Wycombe d. 1980 Southampton
Sidney Frank b. 1908 Bristol d. 1970 Southampton
Ronald was originally in the Hampshire Regiment (#381127); it is not known when he transferred.
The 8th Battalion (in the 8th Division) was formed from the 23rd/24th/25th and 218th Machine Gun Companies on 20 January 1918.
At the end of April 1918, 5 Divisions of Commonwealth forces (IX Corps) were posted to the French 6th Army in the Soissons sector to rest and refit, following the German offensives on the Somme and Lys.
At the end of May, IX Corps found themselves facing an overwhelming German attack which, despite fierce opposition, pushed the Allied forces back across the Aisne to the Marne.
It is known that the 8th Battalion was stationed at Beri-Au-Bac on the River Aisne on 27 May 1918 when Robert met his end.
The Memorial commemorates almost 4,000 men of UK forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918 and have no known grave.
|Published:||4th October 2016|
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