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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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Pte 25015 Haydn Andrews-Jones (Jones)

  • Age: 26
  • From: Newport Monmouthshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Thursday 28th March 1918
  • Commemorated at: Pozieres Memorial
    Panel Ref: P21-23
Haydn Andrews Jones was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, in the summer of 1891, the son of James Andrews-Jones and his wife Ann/Annie (née Jones).  Some of the military records show his first name as Hayden or even Haydon, but the name on CWGC and other official records is Haydn, and his birth registration gives his last name as Jones and middle name as Andrews.  His CWGC record is held under Andrews-Jones, and also under Jones as an alias.
His father was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, and his mother in Pembrokeshire.  His father had a draper’s shop in High Street, Newport, with assistants/servants. 
Haydn is the youngest of the children found on censuses; his siblings include James, Susie Winifred, May Bessie, Grace Catherine, and Reginald Herbert Andrews.  
In 1901 the family is living at 17 Bryngwyn Road, Newport, with five children.  His father is a draper, and has an 18-year old millinery assistant.  Haydn is 9.  The family is English speaking.  
Haydn is found on 9th March 1910 signing on in Cardiff as an apprentice, indentured in the Merchant Navy. He is apprenticed with the Llanishen Steamship Co. Ltd. for four years, term expiring in 1914.  His age is shown as 17 (he would have been 18).  His papers show that he was discharged on 18th October 1911 at Cardiff and rejoined on 07th November 1911.  He received his 2nd Engineer’s certificate No.113539 on 19th January 1912 and was discharged again on 20th July 1912.  Another notation on his record shows 2nd Eng. received at Barry 15th August 1913.
(SS Llanishen was built in 1901 and owned by the Llanishen Steamship Co. Ltd., Cardiff.  On 8th August 1917 she was sunk by the German submarine U-33 eight miles off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean; two crew were lost.)
It is possible that Haydn found himself in the port of Liverpool when his indenture came to an end in 1914, and decided not to continue a career in the merchant marine, which could explain why he enlisted in the city, in the 13th Battalion of The King’s Liverpool Regiment, as Private 25015. The amount of the War Gratuity suggests that he served for 40 months, enlisting at the end of 1914.  He gave his residence as West Ealing, London, his parents’ residence at the time.

Haydn arrived in France with his battalion on 26th September 1915, disembarking at Le Havre.  The battalion saw action at the Somme, Arras, and Passchendaele.  At some point he was posted to the 4th Battalion K.L.R. and subsequently to the 19th Battalion K.L.R., serving in A Coy, 2nd Platoon.
Haydn was declared Missing between 22nd-30th March 1918.  His mother contacted the International Red Cross but was notified on 12th June 1918 that they held no information.  
Hayden’s name appeared in the list of Missing published in the Weekly Casualty List  on 4th June 1918.  His death was later assumed, for official purposes, as having occurred on 28th March 1918.

The Battalion diary records the events of the day as follows:

During the morning the enemy attacked the troops on our right flank and succeeded in capturing ARVILLERS, menacing our right flank. Three companies of the Battalion had to be immediately echeloned backwards as protection, the Battalion engaging the enemy, who were attempting to come out of ARVILLERS. This position was held during heavy fighting until 2pm when the Battalion was informed that French troops had come into position in the rear. In order for the Division to be relieved the Battalion had to hold their ground whilst the 2nd Bedfordshire Regt and 2nd Bn. R.S.F.’s passed through on their way to the rear. At 4pm the Battalion commenced to move off in small parties, passing through the French, and marching through MEZIERES, MOREUIL to MORISEL where hot dinner was provided. The Battalion then formed up and moved up by companies to ROUVREL and were billeted for the night. By this time the total casualties had reached 23 Officers and 457 O.R.

Haydn has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.
It is not known when his family was officially informed of his death in action.
Haydn earned his three medals. Soldiers’ Effects (giving his date of death as 30/3/1918) shows that his mother Annie, living at 4 Godfrey Road, Newport, Monmouthshire, received his Army effects and a War Gratuity of £19.  It is not clear from the pension card (showing 13th K.L.R.) that a pension was awarded.
His brother Reginald served as a Corporal in the R.A.S.C.
Sadly, Haydn had not been identified on any memorial. 

CWGC shows date of 28th March 1918 as killed in action whilst Soldiers died in Great War hold 30th March 1918.

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