L/Col Elmer W Jones DSO (with bar)

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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."


Mar 23, 1874

Born in Brockville, Ontario to David Boyce and Matilda (nee Watson) Jones


Jul 14, 1900

Shown on the nominal roll of the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in No. 1 Company


Jun 5, 1905

Shown on the nominal roll of the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles with the rank of Captain in “B” Company

Shortly after this, Elmer Watson Jones proceeded to Vancouver, British Columbia to practice law


Dec 12, 1905

Married to Isobel Stanford Mackintosh in the St. James Church, Victoria, British Columbia


Nov 1, 1914

Captain Jones returned to Brockville from British Columbia to volunteer for service at the front

Shown on the payroll of the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles with the rank of Captain


Nov 8, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Attested with the rank of Captain

Ø  Next of kin given as Isobel Jones, wife, Brockville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Barrister at Law

Ø  Previous military experience given as 8 years in the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Feb 11, 1915

Qualified as a Field Officer with the rank of Captain


Feb 12, 1915

Granted leave of absence until 8.00 am Feb 15, 1915


Mar 11, 1915

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


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer

While in France, Major Jones’ wife Isobel and his daughter Isobel Valerie, proceeded to England to be closer to her husband while he was at the front


Oct 10, 1915

Admitted to the 2nd Division Rest Station at Mont Noir, France with a diagnosis that reads Whooping Cough


Oct 20, 1915

Discharged to duty from the rest station and rejoined the battalion


Jan 18, 1916

Granted leave to England


Jan 26, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 23, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Nervous Debility.  Transferred the same day via an ambulance train and admitted to the No. 12 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where Myopia was added to the diagnosis


Apr 24, 1916

Discharged to duty from the casualty clearing station


May 12, 1916

Granted 14 days leave


Jun 18, 1916

Admitted to the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jun 19, 1916

Transferred to the NMCCS (North Midland Casualty Clearing Station)


Jun 29, 1916

Discharged to duty from the casualty clearing station


Jul 13, 1916

Promoted to the rank of  Lieutenant Colonel and appointed to Command the 21st Battalion to replace L/Col Hughes who is proceeding to England.  Promotion is antedated to May 23, 1916.  London Gazette # 29832



Nov 13, 1916

Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette No 29890



Nov 15, 1916

Proceeded on Officer Commanding Course


Nov 20, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from course


Dec 29, 1916

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order – London Gazette No 29886



Jan 19, 1917

Granted 30 days leave


Feb 5, 1917

While on leave, L/Col Jones was invited to Buckingham Palace to be presented with the Distinguished Service Order by the King


Apr 9, 1917

During the Canadian Corps capture of Vimy Ridge, L/Col Jones received bullet wounds that fractured his left Fibula and another penetrating wound to his left arm just above the elbow.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for treatment


Apr 13, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 1 London General Hospital in Camberwell

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and posted to the General List for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 17, 1917

Surgery performed to remove bullet fragment from his left arm


May 16, 1917

Medical Board in London notes

Ø  Patient was wounded April 9, 1917 to left leg and arm

Ø  The wounded arm has healed and causes no problem

Ø  The leg wound has healed, but the leg remains swollen and man walks with a marked limp

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regiment in Seaford and posted to the Regimental Depot


Jun 18, 1917

Granted leave until July 4, 1917 with instructions to report to the 6th Reserve Battalion on completion of leave

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jul 6, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and proceeded to France


Aug 19, 1917

Placed in temporary command of the 4th Brigade


Aug 26, 1917

Ceased to be in command of the brigade and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Sep 14, 1917

Admitted to the No. 10 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Eczema in his legs and Dyspepsia


Sep 20, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Oct 6, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 20, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 28, 1917

Mentioned In Despatches London Gazette # 30448



Jan 12, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jan 29, 1918

On returning from leave was placed in temporary command of the 4th Brigade


Feb 12, 1918

Ceased to be in command of the brigade and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Feb 23, 1918

Proceeded to Paris for instructional duties


Mar 1, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from Paris


Apr 8, 1918

Admitted to No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance and transferred to the No 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Gastric Ulcer this was later changed to read Dyspepsia


Apr 9, 1918

Transferred to the No. 1 Canadian Red Cross Hospital (Duchess of Westminster Hospital) in Le Touquet


Apr 15, 1918

Discharged to duty and rejoined the 21st Battalion


May 11, 1918

Proceeded to Fort Mahon on the English Channel coast for a Commanding Officer’s Conference at the Third Army School


May 13, 1918

Awarded Bar to DSO, London Gazette # 30681


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 26, 1918

Rejoined unit from the conference


May 28, 1918

Mentioned In Despatches London Gazette # 30706



Jun 27, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England

While in England, he was presented with the bar to his DSO by the King at Buckingham Palace on July 10th


Jul 14, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jul 17, 1918

Assumed temporary command of the 4th Brigade


Aug 8, 1918

On the first day of the Battle of Amiens, the 21st Battalion was advancing on the town of Marcelcave.  When the headquarters section was moving forward along the Cagny – Marcelcave road, (now the A 29 Hwy) to remain close to the front, L/Col Elmer Watson Jones received a machine gun bullet wound to his chest and died while being evacuated to the rear.

He was later buried in the Longueau British Cemetery, south east of Amiens, France

Initially a wood cross was erected to mark his grave


Several years later, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission replaced the wood crosses with more permanent stone headstones


Following his death, the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll, Memorial Cross, DSO with Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his widow, Mrs. Isobel Stamford Jones, Devonshire Apts., Brockville, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Matilda Jones, at the same address

In 1927 a replacement Memorial Cross was sent to his widow


Nov 20, 1918

L/Col EW Jones’ widow and daughter, Isobel Valerie Jones, embarked the RMS Metagama in Liverpool



Nov 30, 1918

Isobel and her daughter disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Brockville, Ontario

It is of interest to note that his wife and daughter returned to Canada on the same ship that Elmer Watson Jones sailed to England on in May of 1915


From the July 1935 issue of the Communiqué



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.



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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