Website link is www.bacchusmarsh.avenueofhonour.org.au

Corporal Charles Arthur Jones MM

Service No.:
915
Unit:
39th Battalion
detached to 10th Brigade Headquarters
Tree No.:
S132
Planted by:
Mrs J Griffith
Image of plaque on tree S132 for Charles Jones
See Notes (1) (2)
Image of Military Medal Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

Charles was born in Williamstown, VIC in 1891 to Alfred Jones and Delia Lilley. In 1920 Charles married Florence Mary Hine (aka Eliz. Florence). Charles is the brother-in-law of Arthur William Hine, also remembered in the Avenue.

image of Military Medal
Military Medal

Charles was a labourer and gave his address as Bacchus Marsh, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF, 37th Battalion, C Company on the 19th of February 1916, aged 24. He embarked aboard the HMAT A34 Persic in June - later that month he was admitted to the ship's hospital with measles - and disembarked at Plymouth, England in July.

In November Charles proceeded overseas to France and shortly after arriving was hospitalised for nearly four weeks with influenza. He was wounded in action in October 1917 - gunshot wound to the chest - and admitted to the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station and then to a convalescent depot before rejoining his unit in early November and detached for duty with the 10th Brigade Headquarters.

Charles was awarded the Military Medal(3) for his actions on the 10th of August 1918:-

On the night of the 10th August Private Jones was running between the Brigade Forward station at La Flaque and Brigade Headquarters. Many times during the night he brought back valuable information, being obliged to use the Main Road which was being ... swept by Machine Gun and Artillery fire, and frequently bombed by enemy aircraft. He set a splendid example.

Source: Recommendation for the Military Medal

In October 1918 Charles was transferred to the 39th Battalion - he remained on detachment. He was admitted to the 4th Scottish General Hospital Stobhill, Scotland while on leave in November - seriously ill - and transferred to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England and then discharged to the balance of his leave - rejoining his unit in France in December. Charles returned to England in April 1919 and was promoted to Temporary Corporal. He embarked for Australia aboard the HMAT Rio Pardo in late May, disembarking in Australia in the middle of July and was discharged from the AIF in September.

Charles died in Yass, NSW in July 1935.

...He was only in the district for twelve months and went under the name of Frank Taylor for some reason best known to himself. But he had told one or two Digger pals that that was not his real name and the Police found his badge amongst his effects. He dropped dead whilst at work on Monday morning. He was a very decent type and made many friends in the town.

Source: Letter from M. Coen, Hon. Sec. Yass Soldiers' Club

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour held by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bacchus Marsh.

Notes

  1. His service records do not mention the 3rd Division Signal Company. He was in the 37th Battalion early on and later detached to the 10th Infantry Brigade Headquarters - both these units were part of the 3rd Division.
  2. He was promoted to Temporary Corporal shortly before returning to Australia.
  3. London Gazette 24 January 1919 Page 1252, position 35
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 23 May 1919 Page 898, position 40

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