Richard Basil Brandram Jones VC

Richard Basil Brandram Jones (30/04/1897 – 21/05/1916) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the 21st of May 1916 at the Broadmarsh Crater, Vimy, France.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 29695, Page: 7743,  reads:

“Lt. Richard Basil Brandram Jones, Lan. R.

For most conspicuous bravery. He holding with his platoon a crater recently captured from the enemy. About 7.30 p.m. the enemy exploded a mine forty yards to his right, and at the same time put a heavy barrage of fire on our trenches, thus isolating the platoon.

They then attacked in overwhelming numbers. Lt. Jones kept his men together, steadying them by his fine example, and shot no less than fifteen of the enemy as they advanced, counting them aloud as he did so to cheer his men. When his ammunition was expended he book a bomb, but was shot through the head while getting up to throw it.

His splendid courage had so encouraged his men that when they had no more ammunition or bombs they threw stones and ammunition boxes at the enemy till only nine of the platoon were left. Finally they were compelled to retire.”

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the Missing Bay 13

Arras Memorial to the Missing. Image courtesy of Ralph McLean and the South African War Graves Project

 

© DRW 2017-2018. Created 01/05/2017. Inscription image courtesy of Mark Green. Gallaher cigarette card by Card Promotions © 2003, first issued 1916. 

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