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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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Pte 50298 Richard Cobden Jones

  • Age: 30
  • From: Brynmawr, Breconshire
  • Regiment: LABOUR CORPS
  • Died on Thursday 13th February 1919
  • Commemorated at: Cologne South Cem Germany
    Panel Ref: II.C.9
Richard Cobden Jones was born in late 1888 in Brynmawr, the son of Thomas James Jones and his wife Caroline Maud (nee Richards). They had married in Merthyr Tydfil in 1878. He was one of 8 children, his siblings were; his twin brother William, Mildred, Caroline, Herbert (died aged 4) , Thomas, James and Horace. 

The Census of 1891 shows the family living at Old Castle Inn, Beaufort Street, Llanelli. His mother is the head of the house and is employed as a licensed victualler. His father would probably be away at sea as it appears he was a Master Mariner. There are seven children in the household; Horace B. aged 11, Mildred M. aged 10, Thomas G. 5, James E. 4, Caroline M. 3, Richard C. and his twin William are aged 2. Also recorded in the household are Elizabeth Richards, a 32 year old barmaid and also a servant nurse.      

By 1901 Richard Cobden and three of his brothers are living with their Aunt Elizabeth Richards at 27 Islwyn Street, Abercarn, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. His Aunt is a 42 year old housekeeper born in Llanellen. Richard is recorded as R. Cobden aged 12. His brothers are shown as; Thomas G. aged 16, James E. aged 14 and his twin W. Albany aged 12. 

Richard Cobden was educated at Pontywaun Grammar School.

The 1911 Census shows Richard Cobden and his mother living at 44 Oakfield Street, Cardiff. He is employed as a Clerk on a Colliery. His father had died in 1910 aged 61 and had left an estate worth over £4,000.

News of his father's death was featured in the South Wales Gazette

"The chairman regretted to report the recent death of the shareholders auditor, Mr T. J. Jones, 44 Oakfield Street, and moved a vote of condolence with the bereaved family. This was recorded in the usual manner."

Richard joined the 19th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 74702. The CWGC show that Richard was transferred to 738th Area Employment Company Labour Corps as Private 50298. The  Labour Corps was manned by officers and other ranks who had been medically rated below the "A1" condition needed for front line service.  Area Employment Companies carried out a wide range of tasks including moving supplies, labouring and construction and salvaging equipment from the battlefield. They would support units based in a particular area.
He died on 13th February 1919, aged 30, and he rests at Cologne Southern Cemetery in Germany. His headstone bears the King's Liverpool Regiment insignia of the White Horse of Hanover and his Regimental number is shown as 74702.  

In 1922 it was decided to concentrate the graves of servicemen who had died in Germany into four cemeteries at Kassel, Berlin, Hamburg. and Cologne. Over the course of the following year graves were transferred to Cologne Southern Cemetery from over 180 different burial sites
The amount of the War Gratuity suggests that he served for two years, enlisting in about February 1916.

The International Red Cross records were searched in case Richard had been taken as a POW. However, no trace could be found of him in those records and his place of death, at a CCS, suggests he was with the forces who entered Germany. Soldiers’ Effects, shows his place of death as 64) Casualty Clearing Station, France. Commonwealth forces had entered Cologne on 06 December 1918.

Richard Cobden Jones is commemorated on the Memorial at Pontywaun Grammar School as Cobden Jones.

His brother Thomas J. received his Army effects and a War Gratuity of £11.
One pension card in the name of his mother, at 17 Fair Oak Road, Cardiff, inexplicably shows date of death 6/12/1915.  Her address was later changed to Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham, and later changed back to Fair Oak Road. Another pension card records date of death as 12/2/1919 and cause of death bronchitis.

His twin brother William Albany Jones was gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant.

His mother died in Cardiff in 1928 aged 73.


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(109 Years this day)
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(105 Years this day)
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