Photo: Ros Jones
Item #: 33150
Standing is my gg-uncle, Pte John Henry (Harry) Jones, of Ince. He served in the 6th Btn, South Lancashire Regiment, and was listed as missing presumed killed, aged 20, on 9th August 1915 at Gallipoli. I believe his friend is Pte Nicholas Ashurst, of the 7th Btn, KIA in France in October 1916.
John Henry Jones is listed on Ince Cenotaph in Lower Ince Cemetery. Although posted Missing since 9 August 1915, confirmation that he was presumed dead was only given on 11 November 1916. His address was 5 Park View, H Ince. He was a drawer at Moss Hall Colliery, and attended Rose Bridge Wesleyan Chapel.
Fred holcroft wrote a book about local men in gallipoli it's called ( just like hell )Henry's name is in there
Tom is that book still available? I would like to buy that one if possible. My grandfather was at Gallipoli his name is John ( Jack) Catterall. I wonder if his name is in the book. He lived at Ince at the time.
Thanks David! So glad to hear he's named on the cenotaph. Another reason for me to make it to Wigan some day. I've seen the newspaper article from November 1916 reporting his death, and it's so awful his mother Elizabeth had to wait a year for any news.
Hi veronica l got mine from Fred holcroft years ago he as wrote a lot of books about local lads in ww1. and they are very good.you could try the history shop he ,he also wrote in the past for ward magazine or try Google
I'll try the History Shop then Tom. I do have one of his books about the Boer War with local men. Thanks.
Looked on Google for the book it's mainly 'unavailable' but very expensive to buy if there is one. The ones I have of Fred Holcroft's are worth a lot as well.
I'll keep trying I would love to read that one Tom. Could you check if John Catterall's name is in there for me please? Much appreciated.
Hi veronica l think the history shop have the book but you can read the book but l dont think you can buy it there, not seen any john caterall l don't know if you know the its said the Victoria cross awards were chosen by the the men l had a relative Kia in lancashire fusilier 7/ 8 /1915 let's not forget them
No we must never forget. I have a record with his medals and when he landed in Gallipoli in 1915. But he was in two regiments with two numbers. Perhaps he transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers after Gallipoli. I don't know. The service records were destroyed in the Blitz, I would still like to read the book. Definitely will call in. I have most of his other ones but not the one on the Somme which I think he was there as well according to my dad. Thanks Tom.
Ros, just in case you were wondering - there is no John Henry Jones on the Wigan Cenotaph - and the John Jones, of the South Lancashire Regiment, who is listed, is said to be someone else.