David Alexander JONES

Regiment:               Royal Engineers; latterly Labour Corps  

Rank & Number:    
Driver, 35253 (RE); Private, 639096 (LC)  

29 June 1881; Blairquhan, Straiton,

                       6 January 1957; Burnfoot, Fairlie  

Brother of William Jones & brother-in-law of
                               John Park

DAVID ALEXANDER JONES was born 29 Jun 1881 in Coachman's House, Blairquhan, Straiton, Ayrshire to parents George Frederick, a coachman, and Sarah Purves Russell (who married in Mertoun, St. Boswells, Borders on 15 May 1863).  He died of stomach cancer at home at Burnfoot, Fairlie on 6 Jan 1957 (aged 75, married, retired butler).  

He married Jessie Miller in Blythswood, Lanark in 1944.  

In the 1891 Census, David, aged 9, is living Kelburne N Stables, Fairlie with parents Geo F Jones (51, coachman dom serv, b. Dalkeith) and Sarah P (50, b. Mertoun, Berwick), and siblings Helen C (16), Christina J (14), Sarah PR (11) and Wm L (4)  

In the 1901 Census, aged 19, he is a footman (domestic), servant at The Grange, North Berwick    

His medal index card shows the first theatre of war entered was France on 10 Sep 1915.  On  5 May 1917 the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that he was one of five Fairlie men wounded in the recent fighting.  At the village thanksgiving to the returned servicemen on 16 Jan 1920, walking sticks were presented to two men who had been severely wounded – one of whom was David Jones.  He received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

23 October 1915
William Jones, late of Kelburn, has joined the Lowland Brigade, RFA.  Another son of Mr. Jones, David A. Jones, is serving in France with the Royal Engineers, and his son-in-law, Private J. Park, HDAC, is at present in Stobhill, invalided from France.  

5 May 1917 
Toll Of War:  We regret to report that five of the Fairlie boys have been wounded in the recent fighting:-  Private Angus McLean, Sergeant Hugh Burden, Private Adam Anderson and Driver Jones.  The first named has been wounded in the foot, but the character of the injuries to the others are at present unknown.  

16 January 1920        
Fairlie Service Men:  Last Thursday afternoon, the people of Fairlie met in the Village Hall to give visible expression of thanks to the returned sailors and soldiers.  There was a full turn out of ex-service men and a large attendance of the general public.  . . . . .   Walking sticks were presented to two of the men who had been severely wounded – Messrs. D.A. Jones and Adam Anderson

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