Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameSir Vincent Strickland JONES KBE
Birth15 Feb 1874, Burneside, Westmorland
Death1st May 1967
FatherRev Canon William JONES (1834-1902)
MotherMargaret CROPPER (1837-1930)
Marriage14th June 1910, Heversham, Westmorland
SpouseMary BAGOT
Birth1889, London
MotherTheodosia LESLIE (1865-1940)
Birth13 Feb 1912
DeathFeb 1992
Birth19 May 1914
Notes for Sir Vincent Strickland JONES KBE
First worked in the James Cropper paper business in Burneside and became a director in 1907. On marriage (at the insistence of his mother in law, Mrs Bagot of Levens Hall 20, moved to Grand Falls Newfoundland, Canada to manage the paper mill being set up by Lord Northcliffe the owner of the Daily Mail. His departure was described as both a great loss to his friends and to the James Cropper business.20 For more details of his and his wife Mary’s relationship with Lord Northcliffe see The Great Outsiders by SJ Taylor21

He served in World War I, 4th Border Regiment in Afghanistan 1919, as Lt.-Col. and DAAG. Spent most of his career in the paper industry in Newfoundland. Vice President and Managing Director of Anglo-Newfoundland Development Co. Ltd. See Maisie Fletcher’s Book 22(She was a niece of CWJ’s mother Margaret) “The Bright Countenance”. Vincent Jones is described as Maisie’s “most loved cousin”. The book is a biography of her husband Sir Walter Morley Fletcher the well known physiologist who died in 1933.

His correspondence with Lord Northcliffe 1910-21 is contained in National Register of Archives British Library, Manuscript Collections GB/NNAF/P38809 Reference : Add MS 62230

His Who Was Who Entry is as follows:

"Sir Vincent Strickland Jones KBE cr 1941 (OBE 1918) b 15th Feb 1874; s of late Canon Jones, Burneside, Westmorland; m 1910, Mary, d of late Colonel Joscelyn Fitzroy Bagot, MP, Levens Hall, Kendal ;one s, one d; Educ: Haileybury College. Played Rugger for Westmorland County 1893, 1894, Capt 1895; 2nd VB Border Regt, 1900; 4th Border Regt, European War 1914-190; Lt Col AA and QMG Peshawar Division; Afghan War, 1919 (O.B.F despatches twice); Hon Lt Col Newfoundland Militia, 1940-1945. Went to Newfoundland, 1910, as Mill Manager of Paper Mill at Grand Falls and has been connected with its progress and expansion ever since. 1912-45: Vice-President and Managing Director, Anglo-Newfoundland Development Co. Ltd; Pres Anglo-Newfoundland Steamship Co.Ltd , Director Terra Nova Properties Ltd, Gaspesia Sulphite Co. Ltd, Vice-Chairman Newfoundland Forest Fire Patrol. Recreations : cricket, lawn tennis, golf”

He was held in great estime by the citizens of Grand Falls, Newfoundland where he lived for many years as the following e-mails show.

Dear Tim Clement-Jones,

I am writing on behalf of the Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, Canada. We are compiling a book on the first 100 years of our town's history and would like to include some information on Vincent Jones in the book. I am attempting to write a brief biography, but unfortunately cannot find much information. Do you have any biographical information other than that on your website? I see that you are aware of his work with the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company, but do you know about his significant contribution to sport in Grand Falls? In 1934, he donated a hockey trophy, now known as the Jones Shield, to encourage competition between Grand Falls Academy and Notre Dame Academy. The series was played for 65 years until school amalgamation forced the retirement of the shield in 1999. The series is legendary and very important to everyone who lives here. He also played in the first hockey game in Grand Falls (1912) and was part of the Athletic Association.

I'm interested in any information you may have, but particularly in the story of why he originally came to Grand Falls (and left and came back), his involvement in sport, and his military service. I was also wondering if you know when he received the KBE. I've searched the London Gazette online archive, but can't seem to find the relevant document. If you have anything at all that will help us put the story together, it would be greatly appreciated.

If you are interested, I can send you copies of what we have here, including several early photographs - one of him in India with the Border Regiment in 1917, one with the local cricket team in 1914, and a later photo with his daughter Barbara. I believe we also have a portrait of Desmond Jones.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Heather Ludlow

Dear Tim,

Thank you for the information from Who's Who. I've also uncovered quite a bit of information, which I'm compiling for you and will send out soon. I just want to make sure I've gone through everything first.

I was at a school heritage fair a few weeks ago and took a photo that I thought would interest you. It's of a student's project display and I think it demonstrates just how important Sir Vincent was, and still is, to this town. There are a few more things around town of interest and I'll take some photos for you.

Thanks again for the information. Please let us know if you find anything else.

Heather Ludlow

Vincent Jones Eulogy by by Bishop Michael Gresford Jones

We have come together to give thanks for the life of Vincent Jones and for all he meant to this community and to us individually, as a relation, a friend, a neighbour.

He was my uncle and my godfather and I have here the bible he gave me when I was baptised - it was typical that though he could not then have had money to spare, he bought the best bible money could buy and he saw to it he bought a bible that might interest a boy, with plenty of illustrations and maps and references. All his days he showed extraordinary generosity in his giving to and his thinking about other people.

His father was a country clergyman - for 25 years Vicar of Burneside and he grew up in a country parsonage. His father was a silent man I believe, and so was his mother, but Vincent and most of the family were great talkers. I used to wonder what would happen when the three brothers were together and who would hold the floor; the problem did not often arise for in 1910 Vincent went to Newfoundland and the brothers only met infrequently. His eldest brother was consecrated bishop and younger brother was honoured, as he was, with a knighthood.

In Burneside he had proved himself a trusted friend to all and he was trusted because loyalty was one of his chief characteristics - loyalyu [sic] - sincerity - simplicity, are marks of a son of God and Vincent knew God was the giver of these gifts which he treasured all his days. His religion was built in and not paraded, but sensing his warmth, his consistent out-giving friendship, you know its source was in God.

In Grand Falls before the first world war, he was facing the problems of building a New Town that have occupied Development Corporations since the second world war.

He had to manage the complex operation of paper making and assume responsibility for the development of the place. The writer of the admirable obituary notice in The Times describes how Vincent Jones never threw his weight about, but approached all problems with human understanding and sympathy and with charming modesty.

He was successful and tactful. Tact - means a sense of touch, an intuitive perception of what is fitting and of the right thing to do or say because you know that every man you meet is in truth your brother. Vincent was well balanced, and so a natural athlete and he captained his public school at Rugger and he was well co-ordinated mentally and spiritually able to lead a team.
He gave his best consistently and consistently he expected the best of others, and if he didn't receive it he didn't lose faith - he kept on expecting.

I can say little about his closing years in Willingdon which he loved, but this does not matter for you know of his patience and fortitude as he faced suffering.

In the Bible he gave me he wrote a text - Daniel XII, 3.
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."

When I use the word 'righteousness' I usually interpret it was meaning 'integrity' - Vincent was a man of integrity who encourages integrity in others.

Those who knew him best spoke of him as a wonderful friend - he was a friend and a neighbour and he was this because he knew the friendship of Jesus Christ his Lord and took his place humbly in the life of Christ's Church.

He was reticent, I think, about his faith and I will respect his reticence. But occasionally he wrote me a letter and in his letters he used to say how he wished sermons were more frequently preached about the love of God. As we are taught in the Epistle for this week - 1 John 4 - God is love and his love was disclosed to us in this, that he sent his only Son into the world to bring us life. The love I speak of is not our love for God, but the love he showed us in sending his son as the remedy for the defilement of our sins. If God thus loved us, dear friends, we in turn are bound to love one another.

We believe the love of God now as always sustains his sons - but how are we to think of him.

We say we believe in the Resurrection of the Body, what do we mean? this doctrine excludes the notion that the future life is impoverished and ghostly. On the contrary, that life is as full as, and fuller than, the life here. We expect to be not unclothed but 'clothed upon.' (2 Cor 4). It excludes the notion that our treatment and use of our bodies is spiritually irrelevant. It safeguards the conviction that we shall have the means or recognising each other in the future life.

While we ought to reject quite frankly the literalistic belief in a future resuscitation of the actual physical frame which is laid in the tomb, it is to be affirmed, none the less, that in the life of the world to come the soul or spirit will have its appropriate organ of expression and activity, which is one with the body of earthly life in the sense that it bears the same relation to the same spiritual entity.

What happens here upon earth is in some sense taken up into the life of Heaven, so that the character of earthly and bodily life is of eternal significance. Death becomes not a mere gateway to be passed through, nor the mere casting away of a perishable body, but a loss which is turned into gain, a giving up of life which made the means whereby that life is received back again, renewed, transfigured and fulfilled.

Death is not a future operation, but successful surgery.
Notes for Mary BAGOT
The youngest of the three “beautiful Bagot girls” as decribed by Maisie Fletcher in her book the “Bright Countenance”22 Relationship with Lord Northcliffe described in The Great Outsiders21


The Grand Falls Advertiser

A story not fully told

RogerRoger Pike

Published on April 02, 2009

Few even know of Mary Bagot, the 18-year-old dark haired girl whose elevated social position enabled her to marry Vincent Jones, son of the Rector of Ambleside and 18 years her senior. While much has been written of her husband Sir Vincent Jones, Mary's life in Grand Falls and her role in building our community has been mostly forgotten.

Mary Bagot had grown up in the Lake District, in the stately home of Levens Hall near Kendal. Sir Vincent Jones, with a prestigious position at the newly formed Anglo Newfoundland Development Company, convinced her father that he should be allowed to marry his daughter, thus giving her a life of privilege and comfort in the new community of Grand Falls. Grand Falls was not exactly a modern city in 1910 and the hardships for all were many as the newly married Mary would soon find out.

My perspective -

Few even know of Mary Bagot, the 18-year-old dark haired girl whose elevated social position enabled her to marry Vincent Jones, son of the Rector of Ambleside and 18 years her senior. While much has been written of her husband Sir Vincent Jones, Mary's life in Grand Falls and her role in building our community has been mostly forgotten.

Mary Bagot had grown up in the Lake District, in the stately home of Levens Hall near Kendal. Sir Vincent Jones, with a prestigious position at the newly formed Anglo Newfoundland Development Company, convinced her father that he should be allowed to marry his daughter, thus giving her a life of privilege and comfort in the new community of Grand Falls. Grand Falls was not exactly a modern city in 1910 and the hardships for all were many as the newly married Mary would soon find out.

The life of Mary (Bagot) Vincent-Jones is described quite vividly in Sally Taylor's book, The Great Outsiders. In her book, which, by the way, is available at the Harmsworth Regional Library, Mary's life is described as a tale of courage and hope as life began in this frontier town in the middle of Newfoundland.

"From the window of the railway car, the young and privileged girl witnessed her first terrible sight of the poverty of Newfoundland: of women wearing rags, their children dressed in sacks with string around their necks; of crippled men born with legs but no bones inside them, the result of malnutrition and neglect. Outside of the parameters of Northcliffe's settlement, the people survived as best they could on potatoes and cabbage. But by March, when the cabbage had disappeared, they fell upon hard tack, salt cod and a few wild seabirds. Seaweed, mud and straw filled the wide gaps in the axe-hewn cabins: the large, sickly families all lived in one small room - the air within fetid and unhealthy. Grand Falls, for all the starkness of its raw wooden buildings, cinder roads and clouds of sulphur emanating from the paper mill was like a centre of promise and hope," notes the book.

Mary Vincent- Jones was all alone in such a place, with no one from her class or station to keep her company. She would never forget the hardship she witnessed on the journey to what she believed was the Promised Land. From her picture window at the newly built Grand Falls House she could watch the Northern Lights and in the summertime the sky filled with dark red sunsets. But that was it. As the newly formed town was being built Mary was very much in a very lonely place in her life.

"When Northcliffe next arrived, accompanied by his wife, personally to inspect the work of Vincent Jones, he and Lady Northcliffe were surprised to find this lovely English girl inviting them to tea.

They spoke of England, which she dearly missed, and Mary told Lord Northcliffe how different she found the landscape of Newfoundland and how she missed the topiary gardens back at Levens Hall. And with customary civility Northcliffe asked if he could send her anything from home. From this display of kindness, and without warning even to herself the young girl suddenly burst into tears, telling Lord and Lady Northcliffe she was so lonely she didn't know what to do or how she could continue to live, and could he send newspapers please? She lived in a town, she said that manufactured paper for newspapers, and yet there was none for her to read, and so she felt excluded from the outside world."

Thereafter, Northcliffe made arrangements for every newspaper he produced to be sent personally to Mary Vincent-Jones in Grand Falls, Newfoundland. Even today, a copy of the Daily Mail arrives at Grand Falls House on Lincoln Road. It is addressed simply "To Grand Falls House."

Later Lord and Lady Northcliffe sent ships, each loaded with rich soil from Devon and finally a gardener to help Mary plant her English garden in Newfoundland. With this distant support, the young Mary found her way and adapted to this rough new land. Today the beautiful flowers of Grand Falls House are a reminder of how it all began.

We are also told that when the typhoid epidemic came to Grand Falls later that year Mary Vincent Jones pitched in alongside the nurse, Miss Gilmour, and two young doctors. She had already had the disease when she was fourteen and so helped to nurse the many patients in the hospital that Lady Northcliffe had donated to the town.

In her book, The Great Outsiders, Sally Taylor concludes by saying this of Mary.

"Thus did Mary Vincent- Jones grow into her own person, increasingly tough and distant, a surprisingly strong willed and solitary figure in the town. Later she would travel to outposts outside of Northcliffe's territory, seeing as she could to the needs of those whose lives he hadn't touched. There is a story told of her in later years, caring for a woman sick with typhoid that had eight children. When she saw the family was wrapped in newspapers to keep warm, Mary Vincent-Jones took off her own clothes, and ordered her young daughter to do the same, and gave them to the women. She never knew that Northcliffe's mother had once wrapped her children in newspapers to keep them warm in wintertime."

As I look back on the history of how this town was built there has been very little written about this truly exceptional pioneer lady. The great adventure of building the paper enterprise here was left to the men while the loneliness was left to the women to endure. While I am sure there are many stories of women who helped, in their own way, build this town it's my perspective Mary Vincent-Jones is perhaps a story not fully told.

As this final chapter in the life of our paper mill is being played out, let's not forget all of those who helped make its success a reality especially the women whose work goes unmentioned.

Roger Pike writes from Grand Falls-Windsor. He can be reached at

On 29 Aug 2015, at 01:37, C S <> wrote:

Hi Tim, I came across this interesting article about Mary Bagot, wife of Sir Vincent Jones, in the online archives of my local newspaper, The Grand Falls Advertiser, and thought you might like to have it for your family history files.

As you may know, the paper-making town of Grand Falls, Newfoundland, had a long and important association with Sir Vincent Jones and his family. In doing some research on Sir Vincent in my capacity as secretary of our local heritage society, I happened across your family history website, thus this email.

If you're on Facebook, I would cordially invite you to have a look at our page there, Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society.

With best wishes from Newfoundland,
Cath Simpson
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