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Information and photos for the following are to be found on this page;-

CQSM William James JACKSON
Captain Claud Gifford JEFFERY
2nd Lieut William Frederick JELLEY, MC
Lieutenant Basil Spence JENNINGS
Private Frederick JOHNSON
Captain Loftus Edward Percival JONES

William James Jackson
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  CQSM William James JACKSON, C de G, 200333.

We are very grateful to Andy Jackson (, a great grandson, of William James Jackson, for supplying the photographs and information on this soldier of the Yorkshire Regiment.

Born in 1881 at 82 California, Eston, N Yorks.
His Army number 1880, and later 200333, indicating that he served throughout entire War. He served with the 4th Battalion.
William James Jackson was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star on 27 May 1918.
(The ordinary Croix de Guerre had a bronze palm. The Silver Star was on recommendation by a Divisional Commander and the Gold by a Corps Commander.)
He survived the War and was an Ironstone Mine Deputy at California, Eston, where he died, aged 58, in 1939.

Below are two photographs of W J Jackson with fellow Sergeants in the 4th Battalion. To see a larger version of either image, simply select a thumbnail image.
If anybody can help identify the other soldiers, or let us know when the photos were taken, we would be very grateful.
W J Jackson with fellow Sergeants in the 4th Battalion
W J Jackson with fellow Sergeants in the 4th Battalion

  Captain Claud Giffard JEFFERY

Born at Manningham, Bradford, 13th April, 1880, son of Herbert J. Jeffery, of Bradford. Husband of Nellie Jeffery, of Coldingham, Winchfield, Hants.
2nd Lieut., 14th September, 1901; Lieut., 12th May 1904; Capt., 25th August, 1909 ; Adjt., 1st March, 1910—12th April 1912; Egytian Army, 12th April, 1912—12th April, 1914.
Served with the Volunteer Company in the Boer War, 1900-02, and took part in the march from Bloemfontein to Pretoria, including the actions at Brandfort, Vet and Zand Rivers, Kroonstadt and Johannesburg. Also in the advance eastwards and actions at Diamond Hill and Belfast (Queen's medal and 5 clasps. King's medal and 2 clasps). Proceeded to Belgium with 2nd Battn. in October, 1914. Whilst leading a party of volunteers to repel an attack by a large force of the enemy near Becelaire, he was wounded in the groin, on the 22nd October (mentioned in despatches).
Died in hospital, near Ypres, 24th October, 1914.
An officer who was with him in hospital said that Captain Jeffery was one of the most gallant men he ever met, popular with all officers and beloved by his men. When men from the regiment were brought in wounded to the hospital their first question was " How is Captain Jeffery ? "

Buried in Ypres Town Cemetery

A biography of Captain Jeffery can be found in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour. By selecting the link on the left, a copy of this entry can be obtained. The image quality is not too good, but is sufficiently adequate to learn more of Captain Jeffery's background and family life.

2nd Lieutenant William Frederick JELLEY, MC.
  2nd Lieutenant William Frederick JELLEY, MC.

6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Charles William and Temperance Jelley, of 124, Leopold St., Loughborough. Killed 2 November 1917. Aged 22.

The following information on Lieutenant Jelley, and his photograph are reproduced by kind permission of the website "Loughborough Roll of Honour".

Lieut. W. F. Jelley, M. C. only son of ex-police Sergt. Jelley, of 124 Leopold street, Loughborough. He had been in a critical condition since the date he was wounded 14th August and on October 19th his condition necessitated an operation and he progressed fairly satisfactorily, but three days before his death the leg had to be amputated.
In September 1914, he joined the 8th Leicesters, and in a very short time was promoted to sergeant. On recovering from wounds received in July 1916, he was granted a commission in February 1917. Lieut. Jelley, who was 22 years of age, and a native of Syston, was educated at the Loughborough Intermediate School and latter at the Grammar school, which he attended for five years. Before his death one of the Royal Princes attended at Lieut. Jelley's bedside and read out to him the order conferring upon the wounded hero the award of the Military Cross. The wording was as follows. "On August 14 you showed great courage and initiative in leading your platoon. Though wounded in the head you continued to lead your platoon until you had gained your objective. Later in the day you were again wounded having your right thigh broken. Though in great pain and unable to move you continued to urge on your platoon, and by your example of fortitude kept up the spirits of your men until after dark when you were carried from the field."
Lieutenant Basil Spencer JENNINGS
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  2nd Lieutenant Basil Spencer JENNINGS.

14th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), attached to the 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.
Son of Jonathan Sutcliffe Jennings and Hannah Mary, his wife, of Cononley Hall, Keighley.
Died 7 November 1915. Aged 25.
Buried Hill 10 Cemetery.

Lieutenant Jennings joined the 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment on 29 September 1915 as part of the reinforcements for the battalion that had lost all of its officers and most of its men in August 1915. He died of wounds only weeks after joining the battalion.

Photo and additional information from Craven's Part in the Great War, courtesy Chris Foster.

Craven's Part in the Great War Entry:
2ND LIEUT. BASIL SPENCER JENNINGS, 14th West Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mrs. J. S. Jennings, of Cononley Hall, died from wounds received in action in Gallipoli, on the 7th November, 1915. Lieut. Jennings, who was 25 years of age, was in Morocco when the war broke out; he returned to England and enlisted in King Edward's Horse, and was afterwards given a commission in the 14th West Yorkshire Regt. He went out to Suvla Bay in September, 1915, attached to the 6th Yorkshire Regiment. He gave his life in a noble deed. On the night of the 5th November, 1915, he went to the trenches to rescue a wounded soldier; he was sniped and died from his wounds two days later. Lieut. Jennings was for some years connected with the firm of P. W. Spencer, quarry owners, Lothersdale. He was educated at Sedbergh, and for a few seasons he played Rugby Union in the Skipton team. This officer and his cousin, Lieut. J. A. C. Spencer, of whom we give a portrait and biography in this book, were grandsons of the late Mr. Peter William Spencer, of Raygill, Lothersdale.
Private George Haithwaite
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  Private Frederick JOHNSON, 8697.

2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Brother of Mr. H. A. Johnson, of 38, "C" Block, Polygon Buildings, Clarendon Square, Somers Town, London. Killed 22 October 1914. Aged 25.
Born Holborn (London), Enlisted Stratford, Resided Highgate (N W).
Commemorated Panel 33, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

John Sly (<>) has researched the career of Private Johnson in connection with Private Johnson's medals. John has written a short biography of Private Johnson, and this may be read by selecting the link below.

Captain Loftus Edward Percival JONES
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  Captain Loftus Edward Perceval JONES

7th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Peyton Jones, M.I.C.E. and Letetia Caroline Peyton Jones, of "Edenbrook", Blackwater, Hants. Passed law examinations in Melbourne gaining Supreme Court Prize. A Barrister at Supreme Court, Shanghai. Born at Ararat, Victoria, Australia. Killed 3 August 1915. Aged 39.

The following notes are provided in Bob Coulson's biographies of Yorkshire Regiment Officers killed in the First World War;-

Loftus Jones was born at Ararat, Victoria in Australia in 1876.
He followed a legal career passing his law exams in Melbourne and before the war was practising as a barrister in Shanghai.
On July 13th 1915 he sailed with the 7th battalion from Folkestone to Boulogne from where they proceeded to La Clytte for trench training until the end of July.
By August 2nd the battalion was considered “fully blooded” and relieved the 1st Battalion of the Wiltshires in the front line at Voormezeele.
Captain Loftus Edward Percival Jones was killed the next day, August 3rd 1915 at the age of 39.
He was in a support trench when an enemy shell scored a direct hit killing him and Privates Moore and Mills and wounding seventeen others.
His CO wrote later,
“His loss came as a great shock to all of us. He was a keen soldier, ready to tackle any job that came his way and was very popular with the men of his company”.
His grave can be visited today in Bedford House Cemetery to the south of Ypres on the road to St Eloi.
Captain Jones was the son of Peyton and Letitia Caroline Peyton Jones of “Edenbrook” Blackwater in Hampshire.

The photo has been taken from "Illustrated War DeLuxe" and has been provided by James Pasby (<>)