3 November 2009

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Medal entitlement of Sergeant David Jones,
12th Bn, King's ( Liverpool ) Regiment

  • Victoria Cross
  • 1914-15 Star
  • British War Medal ( 1914-20 )
  • Victory Medal ( 1914-19 )

It would appear that the widow of David Jones was not happy when, in 1958, the King's ( Liverpool ) Regiment merged with the Manchester Regiment to form the King's Regiment. As a result she decided to donate her husband's Victoria Cross to his old employer, J. Blake & Company, who manufactured motor parts. The firm then decided to send the VC on a long term loan to the King's ( Liverpool ) Regiment Collection, held by the Museum of Liverpool Life, located on the city's Pier Head.

A decision has now been made by the Trustees of J. Blake & Co. to donate David Jones' Victoria Cross to the Museum of Liverpool, a new museum opened recently on the same site as the old museum. The VC has been donated into the care of the Museum of Liverpool, rather than the King's ( Liverpool ) Regiment Collection, to keep alive the link between the Trustees of J. Blake & Co. and the city of Liverpool.

( The whereabouts of David Jones' WWI Trio of campaign medals is unknown ).

The 20th Division, which included the 12th King's ( Liverpool ) Regiment, were ordered to take Guillemont on the 3rd September 1916 and establish a line 500 yards to the east of the village. In the late afternoon the 7th Division entered Ginchy to the north east of Guillemont and measures were taken to protect their flank by stationing troops astride the Guillemont - Ginchy road. It was here that David Jones earned his Victoria Cross as described in his citation below.

[ London Gazette, 26 October 1916 ], Guillimont, Somme, France, 3 September 1916, Sergeant David Jones, 12th Bn, King's ( Liverpool ) Regiment.

For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty, and ability displayed in the handling of his platoon ( Guillemont, France ).

The platoon to which he belonged was ordered to a forward position, and during the advance came under heavy machine gun fire, the officer being killed and the platoon suffering heavy losses. Serjeant Jones led forward the remainder, occupied the position, and held it for two days and two nights without food or water, until relieved. On the second day he drove back three counter-attacks, inflicting heavy losses. His coolness was most praiseworthy.

It was due entirely to his resource and example that his men retained confidence and held their post.

David Jones's widow was presented with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on the 31st March 1917.

The Battle for the Transloy Ridges began on the 7th October 1916, the fighting beginning at 1.45 p.m. The 12th King's to the fore made progress of about 500 yards and into the western section of Rainbow Trench. David Jones was in number 10 platoon of the 12th battalion and was killed in the fighting. His body was buried at Bancourt British Cemetery, Plot V. Row F, Grave 20.


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Iain Stewart, 3 November 2009