|1. Memorial:||Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial||Panel 43 and 45. Flanders|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918|
Awards & Titles:
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit :||2/Northamptonshire Regiment|
|Attached :||56th Company Machine Gun Corps|
|Action :||The Battles of Ypres 1917 (Third Ypres, or Passchendaele)|
See also: IWM Lives of the First World War
See also: Old Wrekinian Lives Lodge 1914-18 for a detailed biography and which gives the following account:
"By 5.00pm on 29th July Robert, now i/c No.3 section, had arrived at SIEGE FARM and the following day moved into the assembly positions alongside their affiliate infantry battalions, which in his case was 7th (Service) Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. His orders were to cover the infantry consolidation on their portion of the BLUE LINE and repel any counter attack by the enemy, but in a location where his machine gunners could bring heavy sustained fire across the objective.
On the morning of Tuesday 31st July 1917 First-Lieutenant Robert Nelson Jones, i/c No.3 section, 56th Machine Gun Company, 19th (Western) Division, was shot and killed by a sniper whilst leading an attack. He was aged 32 and was survived by his widow Hilda."
31 July - 10 November 1917. By the summer of 1917 the British Army was able for the first time to fight on its chosen ground on its terms. Having secured the southern ridges of Ypres at Messines in June, the main attack started on 31st July 1917 accompanied by what seemed like incessant heavy rain, which coupled with the artillery barrages conspired to turn much of the battlefield into a bog. Initial failure prompted changes in the high command and a strategy evolved to take the ring of ridges running across the Ypres salient in a series of 'bite and hold' operations, finally culminating in the capture of the most easterly ridge on which sat the infamous village of Passchendaele. The Official History carries the footnote ?The clerk power to investigate the exact losses was not available? but estimates of British casualties range from the official figure of 244,000 to almost 400,000. Within five months the Germans pushed the British back to the starting line, which was where they had been since May 1915.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Hicks Beach No. 2407 E.C.||Gloucestershire|
21st October 1913
19th May 1914
21st December 1914
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England Researcher : Bruce Littley