Hugh Jones, Fireman

Hugh Jones, Fireman, Mercantile Marine, RMS Leinster. Died at sea, aged 47, as a result of enemy action in the Irish Sea on 10 October 1918.

Born at Gaerwen (Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog), Anglesey on 17 June 1871, he was the son of the late Hugh and Elizabeth Jones (nee Lewis) and husband of Jane Jones, 34 Llainfain, Holyhead. His father was a Blacksmith in Gaerwen. In 1901 the family were living at Penterfyn, Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog, near Gaerwen. His father, Hugh Jones (63) and both his sons Hugh (29) and Richard Philip Jones (26) were employed with him as Blacksmiths. His mother, Elizabeth (64) was at home. All were born at Gaerwen.

In 1902 he married Jane Jones, who also came from Gaerwen. In 1911 they lived at Bryn Celyn, Llanfachraeth, where he was working on his own account as a Blacksmith. At home were Hugh Jones (38), Jane Jones (29), Thomas Owen Jones (8), Lizzie Ann Jones (7), Robert Phillip Jones (5) and Howell Wyn Jones (1). The last two children were born at Llanfachraeth the others at Gaerwen.

At some point the family moved to Holyhead and Hugh joined the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company on the 1st November 1917 as a Fireman, aged 46.

Awarded the Merchantile Marine Medal and British War Medal.

He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.