Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameEdward “Ned” JONES , 40
Birth7th May 1835
Death24 Jul 1857, Delhi
Occupation2nd Lieutenant in the Bengal Engineers (An East India Company Regiment)
EducationLiverpool Collegiate, Cheltenham College (1850-52) and Addiscombe Military College (1853-54)
FatherEdward JONES , 3192 (1798-1865)
MotherHarriet PATON , 39 (1807-1849)
Notes for Edward “Ned” JONES
Killed in action in the siege of Delhi during the Indian or “Sepoy” Mutiny, called the first War of Independence by Indians. Mentioned in ‘The Indian Campaign’ by Sir Edward Thackeray VC p 59: “Lieut Edward Jones of the Engineers, whilst engaged in superintending the construction of a breastwork, was struck by a roundshot on the left leg, the shot also carrying away the calf of the right leg. His left leg was amputated... but on the third day after he was struck he was seized with fever and died on the 4th May. The swarms of flies that invaded every part of the Camp and especially the hospital tents greatly aggravated the sufferings of the wounded.

Jones was a highly accomplished and trusted officer and his loss was deeply felt by the Corps of Engineers as well as by his friends and all who knew him. He passed 2nd out of Addiscombe in 1854, the first being Macdonell who was drowned in a boat accident at Chatham in 1855”

Edward Jones died in the last days of the Mutiny which lasted from May to July 1857.6. Family letters show he was struck on the 18th July 1857 and died on the 25th July.

Addiscombe, near Croydon, was one of the two colleges used by the East India Company to train its cadets. It was the East India Company's Military Seminary and it trained artillery and engineeer officer cadets. The other college was Haileybury which trained cadet administrators, known then as “writers”. Even one hundred years later new boys at Haileybury were known as “new governors”

A letter was received by his parents describing the nature of his death. This together with his own letters from and on the way to India are is now in the archives of the Royal Engineers Museum. TCJ has a short monograph on Sir Edward Talbot Thackeray VC, KCB whose best friend he had been since they passed together out of Addiscombe and who subsequently became a Major-General.
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