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PTE Johnny Jones


Johnny Jones, Private, Welsh Regiment, was the only son of John and Jane Jones, of Penrhiw-fach, Rhandir-mwyn.  Prior to enlisting at Llandovery, this highly respected young man was a haulier to Mr James, Nant-bai Stores, Rhandir-mwyn. In July 1917, after completing military training in Rhyl, he was allowed his first leave at home.  A warm welcome awaited him when he attended a presentation evening for Gunner David Rees, Royal Field Artillery, who was recuperating from wounds.  Shortly afterwards, on 31 July 1917, Johnny fought in the initial attack in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge.  Although he survived the main assault, when his Division captured all its objectives, he was killed in action at Langemarck on 22 August 1917, aged 24. Johnny has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

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