Ronald Millard Jewel

Date of birth: 10th November 1898
Place of birth: Walthamstow, London
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Battalion: 8th
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.

 

Siblings 

Percival William G.   b. 13 April 1897 High Wycombe   d. 1985 Southampton   Married Martha G. Pendry in Chelsea in 1938.

Ronald Millard 

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.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 4th October 2016
Updated:

 

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