Charles Henry Jones (service no.15007) was born in Pontesbury in 1892,  the eldest of nine children.  He grew up in the village of Longden. He enlisted into the 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and went to fight in France in the 1914-1918 Great War.Angela Jones23

He was killed in the battle of Arras on 28th March 1918, aged 26 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, Bay 7, France.  He is also commemorated on the beam above the lychgate of Longden Church with some of the pals he signed up with who also lost their lives.

Charles Henry Jones is a great-uncle to both my husband and myself (as we are cousins).  We have two of his medals and we have visited the memorial, a very emotional experience when you see all the names on the graves and the huge memorial (that is just one cemetery of hundreds in France and Belgium).  And the family have paid for a commemorative tile at the National Arboretum at Alrewas to remember him by.

I feel the nation has lost a generation of fine, brave men who served their country well.

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