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Personal Details
Date of BirthDecember 18, 1871
Place of BirthBirmingham, Warwickshire
CountryEngland
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinAda Jones: Wife, Keewatin, Ontario
Trade / CallingPacker (at the flour mill)
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number820765
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion44th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentKeewatin, Ontario
Address at EnlistmentKeewatin, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentMay 23, 1916
Age at Enlistment44
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathDecember 16, 1937
Age at Death66
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
Plot40E-30-1

Jones, Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas Jones was born on 18 December 1871 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. His parents were Edward Jones and Mary Ann Powell. Siblings included Edward Joseph (b. 1870), Ellen Mary (b. 1874) and Alfred James (b. 1877).

Andrew enlisted in the British forces as a young man and took part in several military campaigns throughout Africa and Asia.  According to his WW1 attestation papers he served 16 years with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

On 03 July 1899 Andrew married Ada Dance in Red Hills, Surrey, England. They had two daughters, Edna Annie ( b. 1903) and Avice May (b. 1904). Andrew immigrated to Canada arriving on 25 November 1904 aboard the Barvarian. He settled in Keewatin, Ontario and got work as a packer in the local flour mill. His wife and daughters joined him arriving in September of 1907. Two sons were born in Keewatin: Edward Ernest (1908-1984, served with Camerons of Canada) and Kenneth Alfred (b. 1910).

On 23 May 1916 (at age 45) Andrew enlisted with the 141st Battalion in Keewatin. A month later he was promoted to the rank of Provisional Corporal. In August 1916 he left Keewatin for the battalion headquarters in Port Arthur, Ontario and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Andrew attended a School of Instruction in October 1916 and a Musketry Course in March of 1917.  On 28 April 1917 he embarked from Halifax aboard the S.S. Olympic. When Andrew arrived in England he was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion. On 08 September 1917 he was sent to France with the 44th Battalion arriving at his unit in the field on 06 November 1917. Andrew was appointed Lance Corporal on 01 January 1918. In March 1918 he attended a bombing course. He spent some time in hospital with a sprained ankle in May of 1918.  On  10August 1918 Andrew was wounded at Amiens. He received multiple gun shot/shrapnel wounds to his leg, back, head and left hand. He was admitted to hospital at Le Treport and then shipped to hospitals in England. Medical reports indicated he lost the use of his left hand and the hearing in his left ear was impaired.  In June of 1919 Andrew was invalided back to Canada for further medical treatment. He was in the Manitoba Military Hospital in Winnipeg from 24 June to 07 October. On 11 October 1919 Andrew received his official discharge due to being medically unfit for further service.

Andrew returned to Keewatin, his family and his job at the flour mill. He joined the Keewatin Legion, the Canadian Order of Foresters and Minnetonka Lodge of the IOOF.  He retired in August of 1936.

Andrew Thomas Jones passed away on 16 December 1937 and is buried in a military plot in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario.

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