|1. Memorial:||Bedford House Cemetery|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.127|
Awards & Titles:
Early Life :Loftus Jones was born at Ararat, Victoria in Australia in 1876. Son of Peyton Jones, M.I.C.E. and Letetia Caroline Peyton Jones, of Edenbrook, Blackwater, Hants. He followed a legal career passing his law exams in Melbourne and before the war was practising as a barrister at the Supreme Court in Shanghai. Passed law examinations in Melbourne gaining Supreme Court Prize.
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: 7th (Service) Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment|
7th (Service) Battalion Formed at Richmond in September 1914 as part of K2 and attached to 50th Brigade, 17th (Northern) Division. Moved to Wareham and in May 1915 went on to Romsey. 14 July 1915 : landed at Boulogne. 19 February 1918 : disbanded in France
|Action : Other actions in Spring 1915|
The official dates cover the period from 15th June 1915 to 8th August 1915. This is the period on the Western Front following the piecemeal engagements North of the La Bassee canal at Aubers Ridge, Festubert & Givenchy but before the Battle of Loos, the largest Western Front battle of 1915.
Captain Loftus Edward Percival Jones - 7th Battalion. On July 13th 1915 he sailed with the 7th battalion from Folkestone to Boulogne from where they proceeded to La Clytte for trench training until the end of July. By August 2nd the battalion was considered "fully blooded" and relieved the 1st battalion of the Wiltshires in the front line at Voormezeele. Captain Loftus Edward Percival Jones was killed the next day, August 3rd 1915 at the age of 39. He was in a support trench when an enemy shell scored a direct hit killing him and Privates Moore and Mills and wounding seventeen others. His CO wrote later, "His loss came as a great shock to all of us. He was a keen soldier, ready to tackle any job that came his way and was very popular with the men of his company."
Probate JONES Loftus Edward Percival of Shanghai China died 3 August 1915 at Voormezeele Belgium Administration (with Will limited) London 2 February to Frederick William Brown solicitor one of the attorneys of Geoffrey Herbert Wright. Effects £557 6s. 5d.
His grave can be visited today in Bedford House Cemetery to the south of Ypres on the road to St Eloi.
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|Mother :||Northern Lodge of China No. 570 E.C.||Hong Kong & Far East|
21st January 1904
30th January 1904
11th March 1904
Recorded as a Barrister and resident at Shanghai at the time of his initiation in 1904 into Northern Lodge of China No. 570. He resigned from this lodge 11th January, 1915. He is recorded in the ledger of the Shanghai Tuscan Lodge No. 1027, but this is part of a batch of entries made in error.
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
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley