L/Col Elmer W Jones DSO (with bar)

LCol E W Jones

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Commanded the Battalion from May 23, 1916 to August 8, 1918

KIA Aug 8, 1918

(The following is taken from the 21st Battalion Historical Calendar)

Succeeded Brigadier-General W. St. Pierre Hughes in command of the 21st Canadian Battalion. The unit of the Canadian Active Militia in which he served was the 41st Regiment (Rifles), of Brockville, Ontario. In 1907 he transferred from his home Regiment to the Reserve of Officers, with the rank of Captain. When war broke out he was practising law at Vancouver, B.C., but came East, applied for an appointment with the 21st Canadian Battalion, and became the first Officer Commanding "A" Company. He was promoted to the rank of Major while commanding his company on the 9th of February, 1915, and was appointed Second-in-Command of the Battalion in France in January, 1916. His service with the "21st" had been continuous except for a period of convalescence in England from wounds received in the attack on Vimy Ridge on the 9th of April, 1917. During his absence the Battalion was commanded by Major (Acting Lieut.-Colonel) T. F. Elmitt, D.S.O. The late Colonel Jones returned to France and resumed command on the 6th of July, 1917. On the 8th of August, 1918, he was mortally wounded when advancing with the Battalion in the attack on Marcelcave. East of Amiens, and expired a few minutes later. The remains were interred in the Military Cemetery of Longeau.

Extract from Captain R. J. Renison's (formerly Chaplain) Story of "Battle of Amiens," in "Canada"

"The late Lieut.-Colonel Elmer W. Jones, D.S.O., was one of the most brilliant and beloved officers in the Canadian Army, a man of wide culture, born in Brockville. At the beginning of the war be came over with the Battalion early in 195. A veteran of St. Eloi, the Somme, and Vimy, he was a father to every man in the Battalion. His influence over his officers was quite extraordinary. He called them all by their Christian names, and his humorous badinage touched the spot with unerring instinct. His last con-ference with his company officers was a lesson in personality. He sat on a couch in the dug-out, with hand and leg bandaged, for he had not recovered from a painful accident of a week before. In his quiet tone he gave each his final instructions. His confidence in them and their affectionate respect for him were beautiful to behold."

 

 

Summary of Service Record 

Mar 23, 1874

Born at Brockville ON

 

Nov 8, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston ON

Ø      Next of kin given as Isobel Jones of Brockville

Ø      Occupation given as “Barrister at Law”

Ø      Previous service given as “8 years in 41st Regiment”

NOTE:  The attestation papers in his service file are not the same as those posted by LAC online.  It appears that someone at LAC has hand copied the version in his file.  The copy online states his weight as 162 lbs, while the copy in the service file states it as 102 lbs.  There are other more subtle differences as well.  In addition, there is a stamp on the service file copy stating it was copied by “Archives”.  This marking does not appear on the online version.

 

Feb 11, 1915

Promoted to Captain

 

 

Feb 12, 1915

Granted leave of absence until 8.00 am Feb 15, 1915

 

Mar 11, 1915

Promoted to Major effective Feb 9, 1915 – with “A” Coy.

 

May 6, 1915 Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England

 

May 15, 1915 Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp

 

Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone and disembarked at Boulogne

 

Oct 10, 1915

Admitted to Rest Station at St. Noir with Whooping Cough.

 

Oct 20, 1915

Returned to duty (whooping cough)

 

Jan 18, 1916

Proceeded to England on leave

 

Jan 26, 1916

Returned to duty from leave

 

Apr 23, 1916

Admitted to No 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with Nervous Debility then Transferred to Ambulance Train from No 5 Canadian Field Ambulance, then moved to No 12 Casualty Clearing Station

 

Apr 24, 1916

Discharged to duty

 

May 12, 1916

Granted leave until May 26, 1916

 

May 23, 1916

Promoted to L/Col and Command of 21st Battalion, antedated from July 13, 1916

 

Jun 18, 1916

To 1st Field Ambulance – sick

 

Jun 19, 1916

Admitted to North Midland Casualty Clearing Station with Myopia

 

Jun 29, 1916

Discharged to duty

 

Jul 13, 1916

Promoted to Lieut Col to replace Lieut Col Hughes who is proceeding to England.  Promotion is antedated to May 23, 1916.  London Gazette # 29832

 

Nov 13, 1916

Mentioned in Despatches

 

 

Nov 15, 1916

Proceeded to “Officer’s Commanding” course

 

Nov 20, 1916

Returned to duty from course

 

Dec 29, 1916

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order – London Gazette No 29886

 

 

Jan 19, 1917

Granted 30 days leave

 

Apr 9, 1917

Gun Shot Wound to left leg and left arm at Vimy Ridge, sent to No ? Field Ambulance.

 

Apr 12, 1917

It was reported to his wife that he had been wounded on Apr 9, 1917

 

Apr 13, 1917

Taken On Strength of General Service List then detached to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot at Brighton

 

Apr 14, 1917

Admitted to 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell with gun shot wounds to left arm and left leg.  Fracture of left fibula. 

 

May 16, 1917

Wounds healed and fragments united.  Discharged.  Leg is swollen and walks with a limp.  Declared unfit for any service for 1 month.

 

May 21, 1917

Transferred to Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot at Seaford

 

May 31, 1917

Taken on Strength Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot at Seaford

 

Jun 10, 1917

Struck off Strength Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot on reposting to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford

 

Jun 18, 1917

Struck off Strength Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot on reporting to 6th Reserve Battalion then granted leave until July 4, 1917

 

Jul 6, 1917

Ceases to be detached to Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot on arrival from England to rejoin unit

 

Jul 6, 1917

Struck off Strength 6th Reserve Battalion having proceeded overseas to join his unit

 

Aug 19, 1917

In temporary command of 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade

 

Aug 26, 1917

Ceases to command 4th Infantry Brigade

 

Sep 14, 1917

Admitted to No 10 Canadian Field Ambulance with Eczema and Dyspepsia in legs

 

Sep 20, 1917

Discharged to duty

 

Oct 6, 1917

Granted 10 days leave of absence

 

Oct 20, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave

 

Dec 28, 1917

Mentioned In Despatches London Gazette # 39448

 

 

Jan 12, 1918

Granted 14 days leave of absence

 

Jan 29, 1918

In temporary command of 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade

 

Feb 12, 1918

Ceases to command 4th Infantry Brigade

 

Feb 23, 1918

Proceeded to Paris for instructional duties

 

Feb 28, 1918

Rejoined unit

 

Apr 8, 1918

Admitted to Casualty Clearing Station of 6th Canadian Field Ambulance with Gastritis then moved to No 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital with Gastric Ulcer

 

Apr 9, 1918

Admitted to No 1 Red Cross Hospital

 

Apr 10, 1918

Admitted to Duchess Westminster Hospital, Le Touquet

 

Apr 15, 1918

Discharged to duty

 

May 13, 1918

Awarded Bar to DSO, London Gazette # 30681

Citation reads: BAR TO DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

 

The additional description is from his service record:

“For marked devotion to duty and exceptional gallantry, in connection with a strong hostile operation followed by a successful raid made upon the enemy.  Hostile forces, strength about 280, having entered our trenches under an intense barrage and liquid fire, he promptly, and under very heavy fire, went forward, to direct the Counter Attack which was entirely successful.

 

His well prepared plans and promptness in action, turned the operation entirely in our favour with few casualties, and restored our line without the enemy having gained identification.  Under his direction, this success was followed by a raiding party, entering the German lines, and with few casualties, bringing back prisoners, and inflicting on the enemy, severe losses, in killed, and destruction of dug-outs.

 

This officer had displayed marked resourcefulness in action, on numerous occasions.”

 

May 18, 1918

Proceeded on course at Fort Mahon

 

May 26, 1918

Rejoined unit from course

 

May 28, 1918

Mentioned In Despatches London Gazette # 30706

 

Jun 29, 1918

Granted 14 days leave of absence

 

Jul 14, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave

 

Aug 8, 1918

Killed in Action

 


Longueau British Cemetery
Longueau France
photo on top shows the battlefield cross erected prior to CWGC stone

 

Feb 19, 1921

Death Plaque and Scroll, DSO with Bar, 1914-15 Star, Victory Medal, and British War Medal, sent to widow, Mrs Isobel Stamford Jones, Devonshire Apts, Brockville ON

 

Jan 26, 1922

Cross of Sacrifice sent to widow and mother, both at Devonshire Apts, Brockville ON

 

Jun 6, 1927

Replacement of Widow’s Memorial Cross sent to Messrs McGuerin, Hayden & Ebbs, Barristers etc., Bangs Chambers, 19 Elgin Street, Ottawa.

 

From the July 1935 issue of the Communiqué

 

2008

During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows L/Col Elmer W Jones' name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.

 

2010

For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Elmer Jones being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

 

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