Service Records for Stanley Jonathan Jones (1891-1977)

Attestation 15 February 1915 in Oakham for the Royal Garrison Artillery. Name: Stanley Jones. Age 24 years 85 days. Trade or calling: Bricklayer’s labourer. Married: No. Height 6 feet. Chest measurement 38 inches, range of expansion: 2 inches. Weight: 152lbs. Complexion: Pale. Eyes: Blue. Hair: Dark. Distinctive marks: Operative scar for L varicocele.

Amongst various postings in the Statement of Services is an entry: “Date of offence 30/3/1918. Committed crime. In confinement awaiting trial 1/4/18 to 9/4/18. Tried by F.G.C.M. & sentenced to F.P. No. 1 and fined 10/- [50p - about £29 today] for when on active service (1) Drunkeness (2) Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline. Confirmed by G.O.C. Heavy Artillery British Forces in Italy 11/4/18.”

However, the (undated) Army Form D.402 “Particulars of a Soldier’s Character on Discharge or Transfer to the Reserve” records the following: “Very good. Honest, sober and trustworthy. An excellent worker clean, intelligent and punctual. Has been employed for three months as waiter and cook in a Sergeants Mess, where he has done very well & will be difficult to replace by an equally good man.”