JONES Albert Trimnell
Regiment : 2nd/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 57927
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 1st November 1918
Buried : Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery, France, Grave III. D. 15.
Birthplace : Harrow, Middlesex, resident Pershore, Worcestershire, enlisted Birmingham
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Also appears on : Pershore C of E School now in Pershore Working Men's Club as Albert Trimmell Jones
Additional information on the memorial: Devonshire Regiment.
The birth of Albert Trimnell Jones is registered in the December Quarter 1899 under the Hendon Registration District.
Listed on Soldiers Died in the Great War as Albert Trimwell.
The following research on Albert Jones is courtesy of Mark Dewdney:
The War Diary of the 2/8th Battalion of the Worcester Regiment gives a very detailed report on the day’s events. Stacke’s regimental is also a useful source. The 2/8th was part of an attack up a slope the opposite side of the river from Artres. The attack started at 5.15am on 1st November 1918. By 8.30am the battalion had reached their target, the village of Maresches, about a mile from where the assault began. A German counter-attack using captured British tanks then took place. This abated around noon. The Worcesters had retreated a little but were well entrenched in the village. They were relieved and sent back to the reserve after dark.
The 2/8 attacked with 611 men consisting of 26 officers and 585 men. There were 137 casualties: 1 officer and 14 men were killed, 4 officers and 97 men were wounded and 1 officer and 20 men were gassed. The attack was the last action of the war for the 2/8th who suffered more than 20% casualties. Albert Jones was one of the 14 men killed. He and several others were buried together. After the war they were exhumed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and moved to the cemetery where they now lie. There is a trench map reference for the original burial which may hint at where Albert was killed or which company he was with when the attack took place.
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: http://pershoreww1.webs.com/
Link still valid 12th January 2019.