From Hoole History and Heritage Society

JONES, Ernest Brant

Regiment:  265 Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Rank: Gunner

Number 735987

Died: 5 January 1918

Aged: 25

Buried/Memorial: Jerusalem War Cemetery

Address: 43 Ermine Road, Hoole

Cheshire Observer 26 January 1918


We regret to learn of the death of Gunner Ernest Brant Jones R F A, who died of fever in Egypt at the age of 26 years. He was the fifth son of the late Mr Robert Jones and of Mrs Jones 53 Ermine Road Chester. He joined the RFA in 1915 and previously worked on the L and N W and G W Joint Railways. Three brothers of the deceased are serving in the Forces in various fields. Their father was for many years a ----man in the Great Western Railway ……at Chester.

The 1911 Census shows Ernest as a 19-year-old butchers journeyman living at 43 Ermine Road together with father Robert, mother Mary Ann and brother Bernard together with three other relatives.

The unit that Ernest was serving with, 265 Brigade Royal Field Artillery, had grown out of the Territorial Cheshire Batteries. Research we are undertaking on those who served during the War and survived indicates a strong link between this unit and Hoole & Newton. So far we have identified 19 including Ernest and his brother Bernard.