Charles David Jones Private 41473 - 2nd Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment Killed in action on Tuesday 14th August 1917. Buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery. Langemark, Belgium Charles David Jones was born in Gnosall in the third quarter of 1897, son of John Jones, a labourer from Welshpool, about 37, and Ann nee Rogers of Cowley, born 1861. The family lived at Doley Gate and Charles was baptised on 17 June 1900 at Gnosall along with his brother Fred and his sister Florence Lydia. The 1901 and 1911 censuses show the family living at Doley Gate. Charles had four older brothers and an older sister. In 1901 John was working as a bricklayer labourer. In 1911 John is a coal agent,. Two of Charles’s brothers, two sisters, two cousins, and two nephews were also living there. No occupation was shown for Charles aged 13; presumably he was at school. Like his brother, Charles enlisted at Lichfield, but into a different regiment, the South Staffordshire as Pte 35323. Legally he couldn’t have done this until 1915 when he was 18, nor be sent overseas until the following year. He was later transferred into the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, 41473. He was killed in action on Tuesday 14th August 1917 and was awarded the Victory and British medals. He is buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery. Langemark, Belgium, LIX. D. 6. He is the brother of Fred Jones also a casualty of WWI Historical Information Poelcapelle (now Poelkapelle) was taken by the Germans from the French on 20 October 1914, entered by the 11th Division on 4 October 1917, evacuated by Commonwealth forces in April 1918, and retaken by the Belgians on 28 September 1918. Poelcapelle British Cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields. The great majority of the graves date from the last five months of 1917, and in particular October, but certain plots (IA, VIA, VIIA, LI and LXI) contain many graves of 1914 and 1915 There are now 7,479 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Peolcappelle British Cemetery. 6,230 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate 8 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate 24 servicemen buried by the Germans in other burial grounds in the area whose graves could not be located. There is also 1 burial of the Second World War within the cemetery. Among those buried in the cemetery is Private John Condon of the Royal Irish Regiment, who at 14 is thought to be the youngest battle casualty of the First World War commemorated by the Commission.
Poelcapelle British Cemetery. Langemark, Belgium.