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albert jonesAlbert was born in Bilston in about 1891, the son of Elijah and Emma Jones. By 1911, he was living with his widowed mother at 131 Steelhouse Lane, along with his four brothers William Charles, Frederick, Harold and John. He was working as a blacksmith’s striker for an iron gate and fencing manufacturer. He played as a goalkeeper both for Bilston United Football Club, and later for Birmingham Football Club. He also spent a period serving with the Royal Field Artillery Territorial Force (number 1351), attaining the rank of sergeant. He retired.

He rejoined as a driver in the ammunition column when war broke out. Although he was promoted to corporal while in training, when he went to France he was restored to his old rank of sergeant. On 1 January 1916, he was “mentioned in despatches”, and this was announced in the Express & Star on 6 January 1916.

Albert appears to have survived the war, but I have not been able to confirm further details about his life.