Jones, Richard Basil Brandram VC
Jones, Richard Basil Brandram

Dates:

(1897 - 1916)

Local Connection: Born in Honor Oak

War Service:
T/Captain 8th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
London Gazetted on 5th August 1916.
He volunteered for active service on the outbreak of war and was gazetted 2nd lieutenant in the 8th Service Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in October 1914, being promoted Lieutenant two months later. He went with his regiment to France in September 1915 and was appointed Sniping Officer.

Digest of Citation for the Victoria Cross reads:
On 21st May 1916 at Broadmarsh Crater, Vimy, France, Lieutenant Jones was in charge of a platoon holding the position recently captured from the enemy. Forty yards away the enemy exploded a mine and isolated the platoon by a heavy barrage of fire. Been attacked by overwhelming numbers, the platoon was in great danger, but Lieutenant Jones organised his men and set a fine example by shooting 15 of the enemy as they advanced. When all his ammunition had been used, he was about to throw a bomb when he was shot through the head.

Victoria Cross

A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War: 454 Victoria Crosses were awarded to UK-born recipients; 173 were awarded to servicemen who fought for Britain, but were born overseas; 1 person was awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War. Special paving stones will be laid in the home towns of every UK soldier awarded the Victoria Cross as part of 2014's World War I centenary events. The specially-commissioned stones will be given to councils in the areas where the VC recipients were born. A total of 28 will be unveiled next year to commemorate medals awarded in 1914 and a further 600 will be laid in every year up to 2018. Jones's will be laid in May 2016 at Victoria Cross Memorial.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Lewisham-Shopping-Centre-Mural.

Details:
He was the son of Henry Thomas Brandram Jones and Caroline Emma Jones (Nee Gray). He was born on 30 April 1897 at 7 Honor Oak Rise, he was the second of four children and the eldest son. His siblings were Margaret Gray (1896), Humphrey Francis (1904) and Ursula Mary (1907). His father Henry was employed as a works manager in white lead manufacture. By 1911 the family had moved to 2 Thicket Road, Anerley.

He was educated at Dulwich College where his Victoria Cross is held. He represented the school at shooting in 1913 and 1914.The College's Howard-Jones Challenge Cup for shooting was established in his memory and of C. C. Howard, also killed serving with the "Loyals" at Vimy Ridge in May 1916.
He died on the 21st May 1916 at Vimy, France.

His father, Henry Thomas Brandram Jones died in Croydon in 1946 and his mother, Caroline Emma Jones died in Sussex in 1950.

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