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Gerwin Jones and the Welsh Guards

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:32 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Gerwin Jones was born in 1907. He had a daughter, Josephine, who was born in 1935. He was in service in a big house and was enlisted in August 1940. He signed up in the Welsh Guards. He was posted in WG Depot in Caterham. His daughter was five years old at the time. He didn't return until 1946. He was away from his family for six years. This had a big impact on the family.

He was posted in North Africa and went to Sicily. He saw the aftermath of Monte Cassino. A picture shows him going through Austria. He did not talk about it. He became withdrawn when he came back home.

His wife and daughter lived in service in a house owned by M. Buckley. When he went into service, they were taken in to be looked after. American soldiers were posted in that area and they would go to dances in the house.


Item list and details

1. Box of medals 2. Original Welsh Guards hat 3. Photo of Welsh Guards October 1940 4. Original publication of story of Italian campaign 1943-45 5. Photos 6. Release reference documents 7. Written up version of his story 8. Copy of records

Person the story/items relate to

Gerwin Jones Gwenllian Jones

Person who shared the story/items

Catherine Bowen

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

They were the contributor's grandparents.

Type of submission

Shared at National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire on 17 February 2024.

Record ID

117314 | NMA023