Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Jones
Died 4th October 1917, aged 19
Broodseinde, Ypres, Belgium
William and Mary Jones moved to School Lane, Quorn from Loughborough in 1900, when Albert, their eldest child, was one year old. William worked at Wright’s factory in the village as an ‘elastic web loom maker’. By 1911 the couple had three children and were living on Nursery Lane. Shortly after 1911, they moved to 3 Mansfield Avenue.
When Albert left school he went to work at the Brush Engineering Works in Loughborough, and was employed here when he joined the Seaforth Highlanders in December 1916. Only nine months later he was killed in action on 4th October 1917, aged just 19. Initially he was only reported as missing, and Quorn Parish Magazine published the following item in January 1918:
“We regret to learn that no news has been heard of Private Albert Jones, who has been missing for some time past.”
This must have been a terrible time for his parents William and Mary, especially as Mary was pregnant with their fourth child. Albert’s death was finally confirmed late in January 1918.
When their new daughter was born on 24th April 1918, Albert’s parents named her Alberta Muriel, in memory of the brother she would never know. More sadness followed when baby Alberta died nine weeks later.
The anguish of having no grave
Even though the uncertainty was over, William and Mary, like many of those left behind, found it very hard to come to terms that their son’s body was never found and laid to rest. This is evident from their entry in the Loughborough Echo on 1st February 1918:
“JONES – Pte Albert Jones, Seaforth Highlanders, the beloved son of William and Mary Jones, killed in action October 4th, 1917, aged 19 years.
The parting bitter, the loss severe,
To part with one we love so dear,
‘Tis the unknown grave the bitterest blow,
Only those who have loved and lost can know.
From his sorrowing parents, sisters and brothers, Mansfield Avenue, Quorn”
Besides appearing on the Quorn War Memorial, Albert is also commemorated on the Carillon War Memorial in Loughborough and the Tyne Cot Memorial at Ypres.
Below is a modern photograph of number 3 Mansfield Avenue (with the red door), where the Jones family lived.