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World War 1 Memorial Project

Leonard Jones

 

Name: Leonard Jones

Rank:Private

Service Number: 2232

Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry

Battalion/Unit number: "A" Company, 1st/5th Battalion

Date/year of Birth: 1896

Place of Birth: Taunton

Date of Death: 14th July 1916

Place of Death: Mesopotamia

Burial/Memorial: Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery

Leonard Jones worked as a baker's assistant.  His parents, Henry and Alice Jones, lived at 35 St Augustine Street, Taunton, and his father was a baker.

Leonard signed up on 4th August 1914, just as war had broken out.  His battalion (1st/5th Somerset Light Infantry) formed part of the Wessex Division, which set sail on 9th October 1914 from Southampton, arriving in Bombay on 9th November.  The Wessex Division was sent to India to relieve regular troops stationed there so they could be deployed elsewhere.  As the war went on the Wessex Division provided reinforcements for troops fighting in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) against Ottoman forces.

The Somerset County Gazette of 28th June 1916 reported that Leonard Jones (along with others including Stanley Hartnell) had been captured following the end of the long siege at Kut.  Around 13,000 British troops were taken prisoner, of whom 70% died in captivity.
  It was as a prisoner of war that Leonard died on 14th July 1916.

 

 

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