WW2 Book of Remembrance - Surnames J

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JACKSON, Eric George (Revised 30/10/2017)
JACKSON, Percy Cecil (Revised 23/09/2017)
JAMES, Henry Walter * (Revised 17/01/2018)
JENNINGS, Alice * (New 30/10/2017)
JEPPS, Henry Edward (Revised 30/10/2017)
JOBSON, John (Revised 30/10/2017)
JOBSON, Violetta (Revised 30/10/2017)
JOHNSON, Alfred Walter * (Revised 17/01/2018)
JOHNSON, James Edward (New 08/01/2018)
JOHNSON, Kenneth Maurice (New 16/01/2018)
JONES, Anthony Leonard (Revised 15/12/2017)
JONES, Arthur Frederick * (New 30/10/2017)
JONES, Edward * (New 30/10/2017)
JONES, Llewelyn Greenly (New 08/01/2018)
JOY, Percy Frank (Revised 30/10/2017)

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JACKSON, Eric George. Private (5622471)

5th Battalion. Devonshire Regiment
Died 22 June 1941, aged 19

Son of Mr and Mrs S H Jackson, of West Ewell.

Buried in the Ewell (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension (Grave E14).

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JACKSON, Percy Cecil. Flying Officer (114298)

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 7 July 1943, aged 36

The readily available records provide disappointingly little information about Percy Jackson's background or career. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that he was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Jackson and husband of Kathleen Mary (Kath) Jackson of Epsom, Surrey. Other records show that Percy and Kathleen (née Lamb) married in Wandsworth Q2 1933 and that, when Kathleen was granted probate on Percy's estate in August 1943, her address was 6 East Dean Avenue, Epsom.

Percy is buried in the Heliopolis War Cemetery, on the outskirts of Cairo. This was opened in October 1941 for burials from the many hospitals in the area coping with the wounded and sick, mainly from the Western Desert campaigns. In 1943, Percy was presumably stationed with the significant RAF presence in Egypt and the Middle East, but there is no information readily to hand about the cause of his death.


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JAMES, Henry Walter. Private 13003015

Pioneer Corps
Died 7 February 1941, Age Not known

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Son of Henry and Anne James; husband of Lottie James, of Brixton, London. Alternative Commemoration - buried in Horton Estate Cemetery.

Buried in Horton Estate Cemetery. Also Spec. Memorial in Epsom Cemetery


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JENNINGS Alice

Civilian
Died 23/05/1941, aged 81

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Of 35 Coleman Road, Camberwell, London. Injured 12 May 1941, at 35 Coleman Road; died at Horton Emergency Hospital, Epsom.

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JEPPS, Henry Edward. Serjeant (1487048)

44 Regimental Holding Unit, Royal Artillery
Died 30 June 1945, aged 38

Son of William Henry and Edith Maria Jepps; husband of Vera Ellen Jepps, of Ewell, Surrey.

Buried in the Town Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium.

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JOBSON, John

Civilian
Died 15 June 1944, aged 31
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JOBSON, Violetta.

Civilian.
Died 15 June 1944, aged 32

John Jobson was born on 24 December 1912. In Q4 1937 he married Violetta (née Jackson, born on 31 October 1910) in the Surrey Mid-Eastern District.

The 1939 Register recorded the couple living at 270 Sutton Common Road, Sutton, with John's occupation listed as "Lorry Driver, Heavy Worker". (Violetta's was the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties".)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that the couple died at 55 Riverholme Drive, Ewell. Pending further research, that was probably their home at the time and their deaths were likely to be the result of a German V-1 "doodlebug".

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JOHNSON, Alfred Walter. Lance Bombardier 1100090

Royal Artillery
Died 14 May 1943, Age 33

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Son of Alfred Thomas Johnson and Annie Johnson; husband of Beatrice Marjorie Johnson, of Tooting.

Buried: St. Mary's Ewell, Churchyard Extension, Sec. E. Grave 51.

Inscription: 'IN MOST LOVING MEMORY'

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JOHNSON, James Edward. Pilot Officer 66519

75 Sqdn. Royal Air Force
Died 6 September 1941 Age 21

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Son of James and Edith Agnes Mary Johnson, of Ewell, Surrey.

Buried: Borculo General Cemetery, Plot U. Coll. grave 1-5.

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JOHNSON, Kenneth Maurice. Flying Officer 180244

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 24 March 1945 Age 22

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

The marriage of Cecil M Johnson to Winifred K Warrington was registered at Kingston for the September Quarter of 1921. Birth of their son, Kenneth M Johnson came to be recorded at Croydon, 3/1923.

The family took up residence at 78 Seaforth Gardens, Stoneleigh, Ewell, Surrey before the death of Cecil Maurice Johnson in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen's Square, London, on 19 June 1938.

During September 1941 Kenneth enlisted in the Royal Air force Volunteer Reserve at Euston with a Service Number 1806593.

On 27 August 1944, whilst still serving as an Aircraftman 2nd Class, he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer with a group of volunteers for the Glider Pilot Regiment.

Aircraft of the Royal Air Force 1939-1945; GAL.49 Hamilcar.
Aircraft of the Royal Air Force 1939-1945; GAL.49 Hamilcar.
Image source © IWM (CH 18849)

He became a member of No 2 Wing, GPR, training to fly Hamilcars at RAF Tarrant Rushett, Dorset. On 24 March 1945, Kenneth was involved in Operation Varsity/Crossing the Rhine. Hamilcars transported M22 Locust light tanks and other supplies. The gliders proved to be successful although their slow speed and large size made them easy targets for anti-aircraft fire, which resulted in a number of gliders being damaged or destroyed.

As recorded at Tarrant Rushton, 1 April 1945 :-
'C Sqn - Casualties for Operation 'VARSITY' - Lt. Graefe - Lt Kennard, D.C. P/O Hanson, G.B. P/O Johnson, K. Missing. - also N.C.O's (Army) 11 Missing, 1 PW, N.C.O's (RAF) 9 Missing, 1 PW, 1 Killed'.
In fact, Kenneth had also been killed in action to be buried at Ringeberg, north of Wesel in Nordrhein-Westfalen. His remains were later re-interred at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, in grave 42. D. 9. - recorded by the Commonwealth Graves Commission as the son of Winifred Kate Johnson, of Ewell, Surrey.

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JONES, Anthony Leonard. Pilot Officer (42843)

10 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Died 6 November 1940, aged 20.

Frederick Leonard Jones (b. 1889 in Spalding and educated at Spalding Grammar School), a Journalist, became editor of the Malay Mail, Kuala Lumpur, in 1912. On 11 October 1915 at St Georges's Church, Penang, he married Miss Blanche [Lucy] Burrows from Norfolk. A daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Jones arrived in the Federated Malay States during 1917 but the birth of their son, Anthony Leonard Jones, came to be registered in Erpingham, Norfolk, for the June Quarter of 1920. Mrs Blanche L Jones, with Margaret aged 3 and Anthony 7 months returned to Port Swettenham, Malaysia on the Glenluce, 3 May 1921.

It appears that Anthony and his sister were brought up in Malaya but came back to England with their father just before the outbreak of WW2. Frederick Leonard Jones, Journalist aged 50, sailed home alone to Port Swettenham on 26 September 1939, having been staying at 74 Alexander Road, Epsom.

Anthony may already have learned to fly because, from 23 October 1939, he was granted a Short Term Commission of 4 years as an Acting Pilot Officer. He advanced to Pilot Officer on probation, 20 April 1940, and that position was confirmed on 14 August 1940.

On the night of 20/21 September 1940 the crew of Whitley P5001 of 10 Squadron was tasked with an operational flight to bomb primary targets of Hamm, Soest and Ehrang. They took off at 21.17 hrs and dropped their bombs on one of the primary targets between 00.50hrs and 01.05hrs in a series three attacks. Bombs were seen to fall on railway lines and anti-aircraft fire was encountered by this crew but they described it as being slight. Nevertheless, the aircraft's port wing had been hit and sustained several small holes because of this flak. The aircraft was able to make a safe return to RAF Leeming and landed at 05.15hrs.

This encounter was survived by: -
Pilot - P/O Anthony Leonard Jones RAF (42843), of Ewell, Surrey,
Second Pilot - P/O Allan Bridson RAF (36267), of Silverdale, Auckland, New Zealand,
Observer - Sgt Edgar George Harding RAFVR (749521), of Liverpool,
Wireless Operator - Sgt James Beasley Watt RAF (647062), of Edinburgh
Air Gunner - Sgt H W Green RAF (651321)
On the night of 5th/6th November 1940, however, Jones, Harding and Watt were flying in the same aircraft, Whitley P5001 KA - S, on an operation to Milan. The plane failed to return to base and was last heard transmitting distress signals on returning to England.

[AIR27/141 PTB 234 Routed: Base - Bassingbourn - Orford Ness - French Coast - Target - French Coast - Orford Ness - Bassingbourn.This aircraft reported operation had been completed at 23:59 on 5 November 1940 but failed to return. Sealand recorded that an SOS had been received from PTB 234, fixed 10 miles E of North Foreland at 06:10 on 6 November 1940.]

Anthony is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial,which commemorates airmen and women with no known grave, as a son of Frederick Leonard and Blanche Lucy Jones; nephew and ward of Esmond V Jarrold, of Ewell, Surrey.

The local connection was Anthony's uncle, Esmond Vavasseur Jarrold (b. Thorpe Norfolk 1887 - d. reg. Surrey Mid E 9/1960). He had lived at Ferncote, Woodcote Side, Epsom, but by 1936 moved to Roxley, 87 The Green, Ewell.

HMS. Giang Bee, a Chinese-owned coastal steamer requisitioned and used as a patrol vessel, left Singapore Harbour at 10 p.m. on Thursday 12 February 1942. Although Captain Lancaster, in command of the ship, initially refused to take civilian passengers because he saw the dangers attached to a ship designated as a warship, she was loaded with up to 350 refugees who were mostly women, children and the elderly. All her Malay crew had been ordered ashore in Singapore before she left, so that the crew consisted of a handful of RNVR. personnel and some passengers who volunteered to be stokers etc. She was bombed and suffered damage during the day of 13 February, and in the evening, after a long stand-off with a Japanese destroyer, was shelled and sunk in the Banka Strait. There had never been enough lifeboats for those on board, and two of them had been seriously damaged by the day's bombing. Due to this and the speed with which the ship sank, a large number of lives were lost. Amongst the fatalities had been Frederick Leonard Jones.

Mrs Blanche Lucy Jones survived the Giang Bee sinking to become a Sumatra internee. Sadly, she subsequently died in captivity on 8 December 1944 at Palembang women's camp and was interred at Muntok.

F L Jones' married daughter Margaret Elizabeth Baker was left to adninister his estate. His image may be viewed at www.sabrizain.org. The family had lived at 243 Circular Road, Kuala Lumpur.

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JONES Arthur Frederick

Home Guard
Died 27/04/1941, aged 55

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Of 11 Cambria Road, Camberwell, London. Injured 16 April 1941, at 11 Cambria Road; died at Horton Emergency Hospital, Epsom.

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JONES Edward. 1st Radio Officer

Merchant Navy - SS Observer
Died 16/12/1942, aged 38

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Son of Thomas and Mary Jones; husband of Alice Aileen Jones, of Stoneleigh.

Served on board the SS Observer which was torpedoed by German submarine U-176 and sunk with the loss of 64 lives.

Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, Panel 75.

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JONES, Llewelyn Greenly. Guardsman 2736546

3rd Bn. Welsh Guards
Died 8 May 1943 Age 23

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Son of Hector Greenly Jones and Edith Greenly Jones; husband of Vera Grace Jones, of Ewell, Surrey.

Buried: Enfidaville War Cemetery, VI. B. 18.

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JOY, Percy Frank.

Civilian.
Died 16 December 1940, aged 45.

Percy was the son of the late Mr and Mrs T H Joy, of 5 West Street, Epsom; and husband of May Harris Joy, of 136 Manor Green Road, Epsom.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Percy was injured at Laburnham Road, Epsom, and died later that day at Epsom County Hospital.

He was buried in Epsom Cemetery (Grave A479), where the records note that he had been a Milkman.

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