David Jones (VC)

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David Jones
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David Jones as depicted on a Cigarette card
Born (1892-01-10)10 January 1892
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died 7 October 1916(1916-10-07) (aged 24)
Bancourt, France
Buried at Bancourt British Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit The King's (Liverpool) Regiment
Battles/wars World War I  
Awards Victoria Cross

David Jones VC (10 January 1892 – 7 October 1916) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Jones was 24 years old, and a sergeant in the 12th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool) Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 3 September 1916 at Guillemont, France, the platoon to which Serjeant Jones belonged was ordered to a forward position and during the advance came under heavy machine-gun fire, the officer being killed and the platoon suffering a great many casualties. The sergeant led forward the survivors, occupied the position and held it for two days and two nights, without food or water, until relieved. On the second day he drove back three counter-attacks, inflicting heavy losses.[2]

He was killed in action at Bancourt, Somme, France, on 7 October 1916 and is buried in Bancourt British Cemetery.[3]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1DG, England.

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