Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthFebruary 25, 1882
Place of BirthKamloops, British Columbia
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinLawn Jones, Kamloops, British Columbia
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental NumberA39096
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion52nd Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentFebruary 12, 1915
Age at Enlistment33
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details

Jones, Edward

Birth date and location: According to his Attestation Papers, Edward was born February 25, 1882 in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Names of parents and siblings: Cannot be confirmed at this time.

Early life: Prior to enlisting, ‘Ed’ had been a Blacksmith and appears to have been living and working in Kenora, Ontario.

War experience: Edward, aged 33, enlisted on February 12, 1915 in Kenora, Ontario, with the 52nd Battalion. He was mentioned in an article in the Kenora Miner and News as one of the recent recruits to the Third Contingent. Private Jones is described as 5 feet 71/4 inches tall, with a fair complexion, light hair, and blue eyes. He is unmarried, and his faith is Church of England. His Regimental Number was A39096.  His next of kin, is Lawn Jones, of Kamloops. It is an unusual name and might have been a nickname or short form for Lonnie or Leonard, for example On May 1, 1915, in Port Arthur, Ontario, Edward was Struck off Strength as a Deserter from “B” Co. 98th Regt.

Additional Notes for consideration: In the 1891 census, there is an Edward Jones, age 8  who is living with his family in Nanaimo,  B.C. His parents were born in Wales and his father is a Miner. Edward has a brother, Albert, age 4. {An Albert Jones is listed in the Municipality of Keewatin Honour Roll; however, this author has been unable to find any information on him). There was also another Edward Jones, born in British Columbia in the same year, who married and later moved to the United States. Records suggest these are two different people.

A brief search for a Lawn Jones has also proved unsuccessful.

The Personnel File database for Edward, in the Library and Archives Canada, has him listed as Edward A Jones. Nowhere in his file is there an initial A attached to his name; however, there is an A attached to his regimental number.

Prepared by Susan [Hillman] Brazeau

Sources:  Personnel File; Passenger Lists, Canada Census and Voters Lists, Births, Marriages and Deaths
Library and Archives Canada: Personnel File (under Edward A Jones); Canada Census

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