‘Making Woolwich’ Their Stories: John Robert “Jack” Jones (1897-1936)

by Helen Moon

As well as the many stories of heroism that were shared with us during our public engagement in the ‘Making Woolwich’ project, there were also other, more tragic stories. The story of Jack Jones is just such one.

John Robert “Jack” Jones was born in Woolwich. He joined the 56th (London) Division where he fought in the First World War. A War Badge was awarded to Jones on 13th August 1919. The War Badge was issued to those honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness in the First World War.

He suffered severe injuries in the First World War. Blown up and left for dead, he believed he laid for two days as he “saw the moon rise and go down twice”.  Eventually spotted by a ‘body collector’, Jack’s life was saved. Jack left the Army in 1919, when he married, and bought a house in Eltham using his Army back pay.

Jack died in 1936 on St George’s Day, aged only 39, but is proudly remembered by his family for his hard work and care for his family, and doing all that he could for making the best possible future for them.


With thanks to Edna Reynolds of Bexley and her family for sharing their family story with us. Remember, you can discover more at Greenwich Heritage Centre’s Search Room, Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.


If you have a story of your own that you would like to share, then comment below or contact Greenwich Heritage Centre on 020 8854 2452.

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