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75584 Private Sydney George Jones – Wellington Infantry Regiment

Sydney George Jones was born in Pauatahanui on 22nd October 1897 the son of Jane (nee Gray ) and George Jones[i].
Both of Sydney’s parents had been born in the Pauatahanui area[ii].

Sydney was raised in the Pauatahanui area attending the local school with his siblings and cousins.

On 7th June 1917 Sydney’s older brother Rifleman Norman Keith Jones was killed in action on the Western Front.[iii]

On 22nd October 1917 Sydney celebrated his 20th birthday and became eligible for military service. The Hutt Valley Independent carried on 17th November 1917 a list of men called up from the district and from the Horokiwi Riding,
County of Hutt[iv]

                Fisher,  J.,             Pahautanui
                Iggulden,  T. E.,   Pahautanui
                Jones, C.,             Pahautanui
                Jones, S. G.,         Pahautanui

Sydney entered military camp on 3rd April 1918 with the 40th Reinforcements. 75584 Private Sydney George Jones’
military papers note that he was working as a farmhand for Mr D Gardner, Pahautanui. The 20 year old listed his father
Mr George Jones, Pahautanui as his next of kin.

Private Jones was transferred to the 39th Reinforcements during training and left with A Company, 39th Reinforcements
on 13th June 1918. The voyage to England was lengthened when they reinforcements were unloaded at Jamaica and
stayed for three weeks before again sailing for England. The 39th Reinforcements arrived in Liverpool on 31st August
1918 and were sent by train to the Sling Military Training camp. In Sling Private Jones was posted to B Company,
3rd Reserve Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment for further training.

Private Jones was sent to France on 16th November 1918 and posted to the
1st Battalion Wellington Infantry Regiment on 22nd November 1918. By this stage
the Armistice had been signed and arrangements were being made for the NZEF
providing elements to support the Army of Occupation and occupying key areas in
Rhine area. It is highly likely that Private Jones was part of the NZEF units deployed
to Cologne.

NZ Troops cross the ?? Bridge Cologne, 1919 

On 23rd March 1919 Private Jones returned to England as the NZEF continued to
repatriate service people to New Zealand finally leaving on the SS Giessen on
23rd June 1919. Private Jones arrived in New Zealand on 27th August 1919 and was
given a month’s leave being finally discharged from the NZEF on 23rd September
1919 ‘on termination of his period of engagement.’

Sydney George Jones returned to Pauhatanui and farming,  in 1924 Sydney married
Ruby Coral Gardner the daughter of Alexander Victoria Maude and David Gardner  
possibly the farmer that employed him prior to go to France.

Sydney George Jones died on 10th September 1966.[v]

Notes
Of the four men called up on 22nd October 1917 only Sydney served overseas
As Private Jones arrived in France after hostilities he was only issued with the British War Medal.

References
NZ BDM
Paperspast Online
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files
Pauatahanui & Judgeford School Roles
Pauatahanui a local history

Photos
NZ Troops in Cologne: RSA collection  

[i] NZ BDM
[ii] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 75584 Private Sydney George Jones
[iii] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 20156 Rifleman Norman Keith Jones
[iv] Military Call Up, 17th November 1917, Hutt Valley Inderpendant
[v] NZ BDM
  

  

  

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