Captain James Walker Jones

Biography of Captain James Walker Jones

James Walker Jones was born on 22nd December 1887, son of Professor Henry Jones, and brother of Arthur Meredydd Jones and Elias Henry Jones. He was educated at Glasgow High School before studying Medicine at the University and graduating MB ChB in 1910. He joined the Indian Medical Service as a Lieutenant in 1912, becoming Lieutenant-Colonel by 1932. He held the post of physican to Rangoon General Hospital.

His war service was on the North West Frontier in India, in the Mohmand and Swat campaigns in 1915-1916 and in Iraq 1916-1918. He received the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on 22nd September 1916;

"For conspicuous gallantry and presence of mind in closing with a soldier who had lost his reasons, and was moving along a trench, prior to an attack, with a bomb in each hand. Realizing the situation, Captain Jones closed with him, and wrenched one bomb from his hand. It immediately started to burn, Captain Jones threw it some yards away, and it burst on touching the ground. Two officers were injured by the explosion, and several others might have been injured but for this prompt and courageous action."

He died of pneumonia in Rangoon in 1933.

Summary

Captain James Walker Jones
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Indian Medical Service
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches; Distinguished Service Order
Comments: N/A
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/335, 728, 1076
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

Information from obituary in the British Medical Journal, 22nd April 1933, submitted by Janet Jones.

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