This post was written by Victoria Doran
Owen Jones is only known about from this entry in the Book of Remembrance.
Any further information would be very welcome.
Owen Jones died 3 weeks after the final cut off date set by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for inclusion as due to the First World War.
It has not been possible to establish exactly who he was, but we do know that he was Private 15815 in the 17th (1st City Pals) Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment. He enlisted on 3 September 1914.
Liverpool Pals cap badge
Owen was discharged from the army on 17 September 1915 under paragraph 392 XVI of the King’s Regulations. This paragraph concerns sickness.
Owen Jones ‘medal card’
Although this document is recorded as a medal card, it actually proves that he received no medals. This will be because he never left Britain, which was the criteria for medal entitlement.
The only other record definitely relating to him is his probate record.
George Baillie Owen has been researched and no family connection has been found. The amount of money Owen Jones left, and the background of George Baillie Owen are both consistent with the social background of the men who joined the Liverpool ‘Pals’ battalions at the start of the war.
It seems likely that Owen Jones had no close relatives, and that George Baillie Owen was a work colleague and / or a friend.
It is not known where Owen Jones was buried. He does not have a gravemarker at St Bridget, West Kirby, which would have been the obvious place.
Birth: about 1878; place unknown
Death: 21 August 1921 at 4 Grosvenor Avenue, West Kirby
Address: 4 Grosvenor Avenue, West Kirby (21)
Occupation: not known
Unit: 17th (1st City Pals) Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment
Number and Rank: 15815, Private
Buried & Commemorated: not known
Sources: MC, BR, Prob