Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameCaptain Thorold Arthur STEWART-JONES , 163
Birth1873
DeathMay 9th 1915
OccupationBarrister
EducationHaileybury And Trinity College Cambridge (BA 1895)
FatherEdward STEWART-JONES MA , 150 (1830-1900)
MotherEmily Elizabeth Pauline THOROLD , 151 (1843-1934)
Spouses
Birth1884, Alverstoke, Hampshire
Death31 May 1942, Chelsea
FatherAdmiral Swinton Colthurst HOLLAND , 165 (1844-1922)
MotherEva Amy WILLIAMS , 660 (1860-1940)
Marriage30 Apr 1908
ChildrenEdward Thorold , 191 (1912-1972)
 Richard Llewelyn , 198 (1914-1957)
 Diona Vere , 202 (1909-1975)
 Elizabeth Eve , 207 (1910-2004)
 Michael , 213 (1915-1949)
Notes for Captain Thorold Arthur STEWART-JONES
Barrister, businessman. Of Southover Grange, Lewes, Sussex. Barrister Inner Temple. Captain in Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in Action near Richebourg in WWI in 1915.

His widow, Eva Joan, and mother, Emily Pauline, were prime movers in erecting a granite cross outside the north-west corner of Southover Church, dedicated in 1921; the family left the Grange in the following year.

See http://www.lewes.gov.uk/leisure/11757.asp for a description of Southover Grange.

Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial Panel 20 And 21, Richebourg L'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France. The Le Touret Memorial commemorates 13,479 British soldiers who fell in the fighting from October 1914 until 24th September 1915, when the Loos Memorial takes over. The Royal Sussex Regiment has 443 names commemorated in all.

From http://www.reevesarchive.co.uk/SSTAGPIV/59.html


Captain Thorold Arthur Stewart-Jones was the Commander of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was one of the first to be killed when leading a charge in the Battle of Aubers Ridge. The Times correspondent described it as “a charge to certain death”, declaring the bravery of the soldiers in the fighting unequalled by any during the war.

The Battle of Aubers Ridge - The full horror of the day revealed in letters written home by survivors.

An officer of the 2nd Battalion:
“After a bombardment by our own guns on the German trenches, the good old Sussex went forward like one man, only to be met by a fire from the gunners which simply mowed us down like rabbits. I cannot express myself as I should like to, but it was perfect hell. We had 14 officer casualties and 580 men casualties. The barbed wire in front of the German trenches was not cut by our shrapnel as it had been planned, and we were caught up like rats in a trap… though we were unable to take the trenches and had to retire, we got through, and the men were all heroes, for they enabled others to go through and reap the honour and glory.”

Another officer:
“Stewart-Jones devoted all his efforts, sparing himself neither time nor trouble to make his company efficient and he succeeded beyond all expectations… He always thought of his men first. It was a fine thing to have nursed that company as he did, and, leading them into action, fall at their head right against the German trenches. When he reached the front trench with ‘Nine’ and ‘Eleven’ Platoons, which in that part was vacated, seeing gaps in the assaulting line (which was lying down in the open), he dashed on with great gallantry and overtook the 2nd Sussex line, and with them advanced in short rushes. Stewart-Jones and a few others got to the German wire – but no-one at all got any further.”
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