Lieutenant H M Jones

Royal Marine Light Infantry


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  • towncrier2011 3y

    There was an H.L Jones in the RMLI. His medals card states he was a L/Col and ineligible for the Victory medal!!
  • Gary Donaldson 3y

    I believe that this is Herbert (Hubert) Marshallsay Jones, b. @ 1875, possibly in New York USA, but apparently brought up in Southampton. His parents were Josiah Jones and Mary Eliza Marshallsay, both of whom were English. He joined the Royal Marines in the ranks and was quickly promoted to Corporal. He was evidently Commissioned in the First World War.
    There is a photograph of him as a younger man in Royal Marines Number One Dress uniform as a Lance Corporal at - subscriber 'Irishgoose' in Longbeach, California, USA was seeking information about him in 2007. See //
  • Trench-Foote 3y

    In the 1911 census, aged 36, he was living in Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire. At that time there was a Royal Marines Light Infantry Barracks, 'Royal Marines Barracks Forton', on Forton Road at Alverstoke. What remains of the barracks now forms part of St Vincent's College.
  • Gary Donaldson 3y

    The Service Record of Herbert Marshallsay Jones is in the National Archive, (under Jones, Herbert Marshallsay, dob 13 September 1874).

    He had attested to the Royal Marines on 13th April 1893 aged 18 years and 7 months. He was promoted as follows: Corporal aged 22 on 1 April 1897; Lance Sergeant aged 23 on 24 March 1898; Sergeant aged 27 on 4 July 1901; Colour Sergeant aged 37 on 26 June 1911; Gunnery Sergeant Major 2 months later on 1st September 1911.

    He obtained his 1st Class Certificate of Education on 6th September 1910, (something that might account for the delay between promoting from Sergeant to Colour Sergeant).

    Before the First World War he was awarded the following medals for Campaign Service: East and West Africa General Service Medal with Clasp for Benin (1897); Queen's South Africa War Medal with Clasp for Natal (1899-1900); China War Medal 1900 with Clasp for Relief of Pekin. He was also awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

    During his Service he was variously in HMS Victory, HMS St George, HMS Terrible, HMS Powerful, HMS Bacchante, HMS Spartiate, HMS Hampshire and HMS Excellent. He was a Sergeant Major Instructor of Gunnery at HMS Collingwood from 25th February 1912 to the outbreak of war in 1914.

    Gunnery Sergeant Major H M Jones was recommended for a Commission in 1915 and Commissioned as a Lieutenant on 18th January 1916 aged 41.//
  • Trench-Foote 3y

    It appears that Herbert Marshallsay Jones died at Alverstoke in 1931 aged 57.
  • Rocketblast 1y

    This is my great-grandfather :)
  • IWM Collections 1y

    Rocketblast Hi, thanks for your comment - it's great to find this connection. Can you add any information about your great-grandfather to this page? It would also be fantastic if you could help to build his life story in our project Lives of the First World War - here's the link:
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