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As a child, I remember Dad coming home on leave, including a summer holiday at our grandparents' home in Southampton. I remember farewells when he left by bus from St Andrew Square in central Edinburgh. I recall one occasion when his bicycle was loaded onto the roof of the bus. We also travelled around the country and stayed for short periods in Huddersfield and Scarborough (and possibly elsewhere). Of course, I had absolutely no idea what awaited Dad at the other end of those journeys.

2356575 Signalman Jones JI


Signalman to
WOII Foreman of Signals

He was reluctant to speak much of his military service, but I remember letters with drawings of elephants and other wonders. He was sent to Burma in 1944, leaving Maisie pregnant with their third child. He became WOII Foreman of Signals with the No. 1 Special Wireless Group, South East Asia Command.

He went to places such as Imphal, Kohima and Meiktila. We never heard stories of military derring-do, only occasional humorous anecdotes concerning his fellows. Later I served in the Army with an RSM who had been in the same unit as Dad, who told the same tales about the same people! One thing neither of them did was to talk about their actual military experiences. Having learned more recently of the horrors that took place in those locations, I now understand why.

L/Cpl Jones on
Inscribed "July 1941, Lincoln"

L/Cpl Jones,
		group photograph

Signalman Jones,
		shirt-sleeve order

Burma Star
Burma Star

QMS Jones,
		group photograph

Army Testimonial


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