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Alfred Jones VC DCM (1880 – 1956) First World War
Jones was 35 years old, on 25 September 1916 during the Battle Of
Morval, when he performed an act of bravery for which he was awarded
Britain's highest Military Honour - The Victoria Cross.
Jones' company were under heavy German attack, their orders were to dig
in and stay put. With fellow soldiers being wounded and killed all
around him Jones took it upon himself to venture across no-mans land
and relieve his company.
In Jones‘ own words: ‘If I’ve got to be killed,
I’ll die fighting, not digging.'
Surviving a head shot and several exchanges with German soldiers. Jones
eventually found himself in the enemy’s trench. Remarkably, he
single-handily proceeded to take the entire trench. Eventually 102 men
were bound and taken back to Jones' camp as prisoners.
The full story of how ‘Todger’ gained the Victoria
Cross is worth further exploration, indeed, Jones' own account of events is a truly staggering read.