Thomas Albert Jones
Born: 3 March 1919, 8 Madeley Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, England
(Q1 1919, Aston, Warwickshire, Vol.6D, p.563)
Parents: George Thomas Jones and Annie Gertrude Jones (nee Bagnall)
Siblings: Barbara Dorothy Jones, 14 July 1934
Married: Edna May Hall, 24 January 1953, Germiston, South Africa
Honeymoon: Champagne Castle, Drakensberg Mountains
Children: Rodney Trevor Jones, 9 December 1959
Lynne Gail Jones, 3 April 1962
Address: 1919-1935: 8 Madeley Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, England
1935-1949: Trelawney, 16 Stanway Road, Shirley, Solihull, Birmingham, England
1955-1998: 32 Beacon Road, Hazeldene, Germiston, South Africa
Studied: Sparkhill Commercial College
Occupation: 1939: Accounts Office Clerk
Later: Director of Companies
Died: 9pm Sunday 18 January 1998, Johannesburg, South Africa
Funeral: 10am Thursday 22 January 1998, Germiston Methodist Church
Buried: South Park Cemetery, Elspark, Germiston, South Africa
Full page image from 1939 Register
Six years in the British Army, from 15 February 1940 to 8 April 1946,
including a year and a half in India (from 15 December 1944 to 7 April 1946).
He served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (No.3 Inf Wing BBRC), and
was promoted to the rank of Colour Sergeant on 4 December 1945.
Service number 5115289.
His army record on joining says that his height was 5ft 5.5 inches, and his
weight was 123 lbs. He had grey eyes and dark brown hair. His 'trade on
enlistment' was 'Accountancy Clerk'. He was described as 'studying for
Chartered Institute of Secretaries exam'.
In India, places mentioned are Bombay (13 January 1945), Kalyan Camp (about
60 km north-east of Bombay / Mumbai) (13 January 1945), and Deolali (about 150 km
north-east of Bombay / Mumbai) (10 March 1946).
His army testimonial says:
An intelligent man of neat and smart appearance. He has done well as a pay
sergeant and quarter-master sergeant, and is hardworking, sober and of sound
judgement. (India Command, 10 March 1946)
Image from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Warwickshire_Fusiliers
Tom Jones travelled by sea on the Edinburgh Castle from England to South Africa.
The ship was part of the Union Castle Line (Master: Captain TW McAllen,
Official Number 57427) and the
shows that there were 704 passengers aboard on his journey. The ship departed
from Southampton on 3 February 1949 and arrived in Cape Town on 17 February 1949.
(Note that the maiden voyage of this ship was on 9 December 1948, so this was
one of its first few journeys. Perhaps the third?)
Images from www.simplonpc.co.uk/UnionCastle5.html
Copyright © 2007-2023, Rodney Jones,
Johannesburg, South Africa
(Last updated on 5 August 2023)