Ernest Jones

Name   Ernest Jones

Number   Private 2416

Battalion   46th Battalion

Place of Birth Bannockburn

Next of Kin   His father, Ernest Jones of Bannockburn

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 4/9/1915

Physical details on enlistment Age 18 years 1 month, 5’7 ¼ “, 8 stone 11 pounds, blue eyes and dark hair

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation bank clerk

Date and place of death He was killed in action at Guedecourt near Bapaume on12/2/1917

Location of grave or memorial

Villers Bretonneux Memorial Villers Bretonneux France

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He enlisted in Leongatha and was working at a local bank

Military History

  • He attended Bannockburn State School and Geelong College
  • 4/9/15 He enlisted in Leongatha
  • 14/3/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Anchises
  • He went to Egypt
  • 2/6/16 He left Alexandria and went to Marseilles
  • 12/2/17 He was killed in action in France
  • His effects consisted of a wallet, bible, letters, photos and coins.
  • He was first buried in Chalk Cliff Quedecourt and then his family was informed that he was buried in Bancourt British Cemetery.
  • There is controversy about his grave. It was first stated that he was buried in Bancroft British Cemetery but this was later believed to be incorrect. The family received a photograph and after 17 years the authorities considered him to have been missing and not having a grave. His own friend saw him killed and buried. He is registered as being on the memorial at Villers Bretonneux. This issue upset the family very much.
  • His family received his medals, plaque and scroll.

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