Idwal Ben Humphrey Jones
Language: Welsh & English
Rank & Number: 2nd Lieut
Regiment: 14th KLR
Cemetery / Memorial: Karasouli Military cemetery, Greece (grave D908).
Other memorials: Glan Conwy
14th September 1916, age 21 (died of wounds sustained during the Battle of Manchukovo, Greece/Macedonia)
Excerpts taken from the following book:
Dr Bridget Osborne, We Will Remember Them… The Men of Eglwysbach and Llansanffraid who served in the Great War, 2016
Life / Background:
Idwal was the youngest of five children of William Humphrey Jones and Alice, from Somerset. William himself was one of at least nine children of Edward Jones, a builder from Toxteth. Although William appears on the census as a 16 year old apprentice in 1861, he subsequently became an “Egyptian merchant” and was in California in 1898, when Gwendolyn was born. His eldest son, Iorwerth, was born in Wallasey in 1878, followed by Gladys, Gwyllym, Gwendolyn and finally Ben, born in Liverpool. The family lived in Birkenhead, but were in Hendrewaelod in 1901, when William was described as “living by his own means”, although on the 1911 census he was described as a “merchant and chemical manufacturer”. William died in October 1914, just before the outbreak of the war.
Idwal went to the County school in Llandudno and then to King William’s college on the Isle of Man. He joined the Midland and City Bank on Castle Street in Conwy. His obituary in the Liverpool Post tells us that he enlisted into the King’s Liverpool regiment soon after the outbreak of war. The 14th Battalion was raised in Seaforth and trained around Eastbourne and Lewes before being sent to Boulogne in April 1915. By October they travelled by train to Marseilles and thence to Salonika. Idwal was almost certainly wounded fighting the Bulgarian army at the, on the Doiran front. He died from his wounds and is buried in Karasouli Military cemetery.