No. 18/1102, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Tuesday 7 August 1917 (aged 19)
No known grave
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 40)
Newtownards and District War Memorial
Ballyhalbert Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Andrew) at Ballyeasborough
James Jones was born on 6 September 1897 in Portavogie and he was the only son of Robert and Agnes Jones (nee Bell) who were married on 22 April 1892 in Ballyhemlin Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church. Robert Jones from Portavogie was a son of James Jones, a fisherman. Agnes Bell from Ballyeasborough was a daughter of Hugh Bell, a farm labourer.
Robert Jones worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Agnes had six children:
Mary (born 18 February 1893 in Portavogie)
Sarah (born 13 November 1894 in Portavogie; died of bronchitis 10 January 1895)
Margaret (Maggie, born 17 November 1895 in Portavogie)
James (born 6 September 1897 in Portavogie)
Jane (Jinnie, born 28 May 1899 in Portavogie)
Sarah (born 19 September 1902 in Portavogie)
Agnes Jones worked as a seamstress and she died of pneumonia on 28 February 1917.
The Jones family moved from Portavogie to Newtownards and there they lived at 7 Mary Street and at 29 William Street.
During the Great War, Rifleman James Jones served with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division. He was killed in action on 7 August 1917 whilst his Battalion was holding the line during the Third Battle of Ypres. His father and sisters placed a For King and Country notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:
He will answer no more the roll call,
Nor rush to the bugle sound;
But, Lord, when the roll is called in Heaven,
May his name in Thy book be found.
Rifleman James Jones is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Ballyhalbert Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Andrew) at Ballyeasborough.