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53854: Photograph of new recruits

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posted on 2024-02-21, 09:52 authored by Great War Archive Project Team

Photo of young men posing on the steps at Llandrindod Wells railway station after volunteering to join the army (1914) - recently published in the Mid Wales Journal newspaper. Standing second from right, rear row is John Price Jones, farmer Diarth Farm, Llanyre, Llandrdindod Wells (Mrs Jones' Dad).

Jones enlisted to join the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, Private 2526. He was billeted at No 1 Llyndu Terrace, Welshpool, and was married from there on 15 July 1915 to Emily Howells of Tybrith Farm, Cloddia. "He fought on the trenches on the Somme from which he contracted Trench Feet Fever and had to be treated in hospital for it for some months before returning to the front. He was also in the battle of Ypres, a battle also fought in appalling conditions where the water level was just under the crust of the earth, so everywhere became a sea of mud from tanks, war machinery and horses churning it up. Mustard Gas was a weapon used by the Germans in this battle as well, and caused much distress to the forces fighting there and Pte J.P. Jones was one that got caught in one of those blasts and was hospitalised at Richmond in London for 6 weeks recuperation before returning to the front again."

Part of collection that includes a scan of a photo of Pte John Price Jones, on horse.

History

Identifier

4767.jpg | GWA_3305_JonesNewspaper.jpg |

Subject

Jones, John Price

Date

1914

Date Created

01/08/1914

Temporal Coverage

31/12/1914

Source

Folio

Medium

Paper

Type

Photograph

Contributor

Richard Marshall | Alun Edwards | Mrs M J Jones

Submission Event

Powys Archives Submission Day

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The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

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