Jones, Lumley Owen Williames


Youngest son of Richard Edward Jones J.P., D.L., of Cefn-Bryntalch, County Montgomery, and Catherine, nee Buckley Williames, he came to Chernocke House from Mr. J.H. Wilkinson’s school at Clifton. His brother Edward Whitmore Jones also briefly attended Winchester (A1882). He was second captain of O.T.H. VI in 1894, and played in Lords.

After leaving Winchester he passed from the Militia to the 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment. In 1912, he was appointed their Adjutant¬†and left for France with them at the beginning of the war. He fought through all the earlier actions, receiving the Legion of Honour for his services, and shortly before the Second Battle of Ypres was appointed to the command of the battalion. They played a particularly gallant part there, and were mentioned in one of Lord French’s Despatches as having twice saved the line, acting on their own initiative. Lieutenant Colonel Jones was afterwards promoted to the temporary rank of Brigadier General and placed in charge of the 13th Infantry Brigade, which had a conspicuous share in the successful attack on Vimy Ridge. Late in 1917, the Brigade was ordered south to reinforce the Italians although they were back in time for the great German Offensive of March 1918 and were in line west of Merville. In August 1918 they formed part of the force advancing on Bapaume.

Early in September he was taken ill with influenza, followed by pneumonia and died on 14th September 1918 at a casualty clearing station in Bagneux. He is commemorated on the War Memorial and Roll of Honour at Silsoe Parish Church in Bedfordshire. He held the brevet rank of Colonel and the Order of SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro and was seven times mentioned in Despatches. His work with the 13th Brigade won him a wide reputation as a fighting commander.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Jones
  • Forenames or initials: Lumley Owen Williames
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1890-1895
  • Rank: Brigadier General
  • Regiment: Essex Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 1st December 1876
  • Date of Death: 14th September 1918
  • How Died: Died of pneumonia
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H6
  • Decoration: D.S.O., Legion of Honour
  • Burial Site: BAGNEAUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT: Grave V.F.24