Private G.W. Jones Service number CH/20137
Regiment Royal Marine Light Infantry 4th Bn
Date of birth
Date of death 23rd April 1918
Age at death 20 years
George was born in Bromley-by-Bow on 22 August 1897. He enlisted just after his eighteenth birthday, on 22 August 1915. His address, as shown on both the 1911 Census and Death Certificate, is 40 Devas Street, Bromley-by-Bow, London. He was killed in action at Zeebrugge.
The raid on Zeebrugge was a precursor of the commando raids of WW2. In addition to the purpose of the raid, to stop German submarines from leaving their pens and attacking merchant shipping in the English Channel, it was seen as a morale-booster for the public. There was a lot of media attention in the aftermath of the raid. An elaborate funeral for Jones and West was held, with an honour guard of Royal Marines in attendence. Photos of the funeral and an accompanying write-up appeared in the Daily Mirror on 3 May 1918.