John Royce Jones
Corporal 4862272 6th Parachute Regiment
(10th Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers)
Enlisted: May 1940
Killed in Action 10 September 1943 : Aged 28
Cassino Memorial : Panel 12
Corporal 4862272 John Royce Jones was born 22 February 1915 in Huthwaite. Parents Q4 1911 marriage between Mr John William F Jones and Miss Daisy Townroe from Skegby, fathered two children with first born daughter Gwendoline 11th January 1912. They might have been single parented into adulthood by mother Mrs Daisy Jones.
Mr John Royce Jones was a Hosiery Machine Operator employed at Huthwaite CWS where mother became a canteen waitress. Preference to being best known called Roy was shown sporting factory team district league football. John Royce married Miss Marjorie Townsend Q4 1937, and shared their Huthwaite 1939 marital address 42 Lime Avenue with his working mother.
Local press managed to date enlistment May 1940, deployment abroad from April 1943, whereupon Cpl John Royce Jones went missing presumed killed at sea after enemy action sank a transportation ship. Reportage furthermore identifies a father left two sons with the widowed Mrs Marjorie Jones at their registered 42 Lime Avenue home. CWGC basically recorded service rank for Cpl 4862272 John Royce Jones with 6th Airborne Parachute Regiment when killed in action on 10th September 1943, aged 28.
Many footballers in this district will hear with deep regret that no hope can now be entertained that Corporal John Royce Jones, Army Air Corps. is alive. His widow and two boys live at 42, Lime Avenue, Huthwaite.
Cpl. Jones -always "Roy" to his friends and associates, who were numerous- was 28 years of age, and a Huthwaite native. He joined up in May, 1940, and went abroad in April 1943. In October of last year he was reported missing, having been in the Central Mediterranean. In March of this year it was stated by the War Office that he was presumed killed in action at sea, as he was on a ship sunk by enemy action. In the absence of any further official communication only the inevitable can be accepted.
"Roy" spent his working career at the C.W.S. Factory, Huthwaite, and was captain of the C.W.S. Reserve team when they gained their greatest successes in the Mansfield and District League. He possessed several miniature cups and medals. A clean and resourceful centre-half, he was never daunted by difficulties, but was always intent on winning the game by the best sporting methods. In this he often had the assistance in the half-back line of Ernest Dyment, who also went abroad never to return.