Poppy Wilfred David Powell JONES (1885–1916) Poppy

Wilfred David Powell Jones was born in 1885 in Llandilofawr, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire (registered second quarter). He was the son of John Jones (born in Bishopston, Glamorgan in c.1845) and Emma Sarah Steinmetz (born in Tovil, Kent in 1842 and baptised at Maidstone on 25 December). His father was living in Glamorgan and his mother at 11 Wimpole Street when they were married at Maryelbone Church on 2 August 1881. They had two children, but only Wilfred survived.

In 1891 Wilfred (5) was living at Pentre Parr, Llandeilo with his father John (45), who was described as “Living on own means”, his mother Emma (48), and their three servants (a cook, housemaid, and general domestic servant).

From 1896 to 1904 Wilfred was at school at Llandovery College, and played cricket for the School Xl in 1903. At the time of the 1901 census Wilfred (15) was living with his parents (plus three servants) at Penyrock, Myddfai, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire. His father John Jones (55) still had a private income, but was serving as a Justice of the Peace.

In 1904 Wilfred came up to Hertford College, Oxford, and obtained his B.A.

By 1908 Wilfred’s father John Jones had died and his mother had moved to Oxford and was living at 78 Woodstock Road, a large 13-roomed house n St Margaret’s parish.

At the time of the 1911 census Wilfred (25) was working as an assistant schoolmaster in north Wales and living at Colet House, Rhyl. Meanwhile back in Oxford his mother Emma was living alone with three servants at 78 Woodstock Road.

Poppy In the First World War Wilfred David Powell Jones voluntarily enlisted in Hornchurch on 22 April 1915 and served as a Private in the 23rd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (Service No. SPTS/1688). (The 23rd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers was “raised for the upper and middle classes only”, as long as they could shoot and ride.) He was severely injured near Betrancourt at the Battle of the Ancre and died of wounds at a casualty clearing station at Puchevillers, France at the age of 31 on 18 November 1916. He is buried in the Puchevillers British Cemetery (VI.F.6). His mother paid for the additional inscription I THANK MY GOD EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU on his headstone.


Wilfred Jones is remembered on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in north Oxford. He is also remembered at Llandovery College, and in Hertford College (right).

Administration (with Will) was granted in London to Wilfred's widowed mother, Emma Sarah Jones, on 30 January 1917. He left £3,128 16s. 9d.

St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Wilfred Jones’s mother
  • Mrs Emma Sarah Jones died at 78 Woodstock Road at the age of 86 on 11 March 1927. Her effects came to £39,279 11s. 8d., and her executor was retired Major Herbert William Lewin.

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