Private Charles William Jones
Charles William Jones was born in Oxford in 1887, the son of Robert Jones(born in Bishopsgate, London in c.1856) and Amelia Davis (born in Billing, Northamptonshire in c.1857). His parents were married in the second quarter of 1885 in the Northampton Registration District and had six children:
- Charles William Jones (born in Oxford in 1887, registered third quarter in Headington Registration District)
- Gladys Elizabeth Jones (born in Oxford in 1889, registered third quarter in Headington Registration District).
- Alice Mary Jones (born in Oxford on 5 July 1891, baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 30 August 1891)
- Annie Amelia Jones (born in Oxford on 12 August 1893, baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 17 September 1893)
- Elsie Florence Jones (born in Oxford on 22 December 1895, baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 1 March 1896)
- Robert Alexander (Alick) Jones (born in Oxford on 14 December 1899, baptised at Holywell Church on 12 February 1899).
Charles’s father was a cab (or fly) proprietor at the time of the 1891 census, when the family were living at 7 Norham Garden Mews, Fyfield Road, Oxford and Charles was three years old. By the time their daughter Annie was baptised in September 1893, they had moved to 46 Hayfield Road (then in SS Philip & James parish, but in St Margaret’s parish from 1896).
By the time of the baptism of their youngest child, Alick, in February 1899, Charles’s parents were living (presumably temporarily) at the livery stables at 49a Holywell Street (site now occupied by part of Hertford College’s north quad), where Charles’s father worked as a coachman. They can be found there in the 1901 census, when Charles was 13, his father was a coachman at the livery stables at 49a Holywell Street.
In about 1910 Charles’s parents moved back to 46 Hayfield Road, and they can be seen there in the 1911 census; Charles, however, was not at home. His father was still a cab driver.
In the First World War Charles Jones served as a Private in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 203381). He died of pneumonia in France at the age of 31 more than three months after the armistice on 21 February 1919 and is buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery (LXXII.C.13). (He would have been in one of the three hospitals or the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot which remained open at Etaples for another ten months after the war ceased.) He is remembered on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in north Oxford.
After the War
Charles Jones’s parents
- Robert Jones was still listed in Kelly’s Directory for 1936 as living at 46 Hayfield Road
- Mrs A. Jones is listed at the house from 1943 to 1947.
Charles Jones’s sister
- A Miss Jones (presumably one of Charles’s sisters) is listed at 46 Hayfield Road from 1942, and was still there in 1976 (when the last Kelly’s Directory was published).