Private William Arthur Lloyd-Jones

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    42173, 1st/4th Bn., East Yorkshire Regiment

    who died age 19
    on 15 September 1918

    Son of the Rev. Robert and Margaret Jones, of Heneglwys Rectory, Llanefni, Anglesey.

    Remembered with honour NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY

    William Arthur Lloyd-Jones, Private, 42173, East Yorkshire Regiment. William was the Son of the Rev. Robert and Margaret Jones, of Heneglwys Rectory, Llangefni, Anglesey. William was educated at Llandovery from 1912 until 1915. William enlisted at Bangor into the 1/4th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. The 4th Battalion was attached to the 150th Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division, and arrived in France in April 1915, moving north to participate in the fighting at St. Julien, during Second Ypres. The Battalion sustained heavy casualties here when counter-attacking a German position. During the summer of 1916 the Division were on the Somme, where they fought at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the Battle of Morval and the Battle of Le Transloy. After spending a winter on the Somme, they moved north to Arras, where they took part in the Arras Offensive of April, 1917, and fought at the First Battle of the Scarpe, capturing the Wancourt Ridge. They then fought at the Second Battle of the Scarpe, before being sent north again to Ypres. Here they fought at the Second Battle of Passchendaele, and remained here for the winter. During March, 1918 they were stationed near St. Quentin, and were hit here by the German Spring Offensive of the 21st March, 1918 during the Battle of St Quentin. They took part in a gallant rearguard action during the Actions at the Somme Crossings, and then at the Battle of Rosieres.
    After suffering terrible casualties, the Division moved north to Flanders to rest and rebuild, but in April the Germans launched an attack in Flanders, around the Lys, and the Division took part in the Battle of Estaires, and the Battle of Hazebrouck. Following a most trying time on the Somme and Lys battlefields, the Division was withdrawn and sent to IX Corps, then on the Aisne, believed to be a much quieter area. This was unfortunately not the case, as the Division was hit hard by a surprise enemy attack, and fought at the Battle of the Aisne, 1918.

    William was taken prisoner here, and died in a Prisoner of War camp in Germany on the 15th September, 1918. He was just 19 years old, and is buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery, Cassel, Germany.

    Llandovery College Memorials

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