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Daniel John Jones, born 1889, 3rd quarter and registered in Swansea.1

Parents:  John (Head), a Coal Miner, age 38 and Jennet, age 33. Son: Daniel John, age 1. They were all born in Eccles; St Peters, Cockett, Swansea and spoke only Welsh. They lived under the area of Gendros, Cockett.2

Parents: John (Head), a Coal Miner Hewer, age 44 and Ann, age 39. Daughter: Mary, age 5. Sons: Daniel J. age 12 and William, age 8. John and Ann only spoke Welsh, Daniel J. and William spoke both Welsh and English, Mary spoke only English.  They lived at 41, Fern Street, under the Parish of Cockett and St. Peter, Swansea.3

Parents: John Jones (Head), a Coal Miner Hewer, age 56, Ann Jones, age 49, Married 13 years, 2 children born alive, and 1 still living. Daughter: Mary Olwyn, Servant, (single), age15. Sons: Daniel John, a Coal Miner Labourer, (single), age 22, William Evan, a Coal Miner Labourer, (single), age 18 and Howell Glyn, age 6. All born in Swansea, Glamorgan, and spoke both Welsh and English. They lived at Brydwen Villas, Raven Hill, Fforestfach, Swansea.4

He became Able Seaman with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. "Vanguard", Service Number  Wales Z/177.  Killed by internal explosion of vessel at Scarpa Flow, 9th July 1917. Age 27.  Son of John and Ann Jones of Cwmbwrla, Swansea.   Husband of Harriet Maud Jones of 74, Courtney St., Manselton, Swansea.  Memorial, Panel Reference, 24. at Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, U.K.5   

Mr. and Mrs. John Hopkins, Armine road, and Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, Arnside, Middle road, have received official news that their sons A.B. William Jno. Hopkins and A.B. Daniel Jones, lost their lives on H.M.S. Vanguard. The communications were accompanied by letters of condolence from the King. Both had been with the colours a little over two years. A.B Hopkins, who possessed a splendid voice, took a leading part in the Vanguard's theatrical company, and last winter, by the kind permission of Captain J D. Dick. R.N they presented a musical calamity entitled Double Salvoes," and in the caste A.B. Hopkins performed the role of Ralf Armstrong (Dorothy’s fiancee).  A.B. Jones participated in the chorus of villagers.”6

 A reception to Lance corporal David C. Davies, Welsh Regt., was held at Calfaria Vestry. Mr. J. H. Rees presided.  To the programme the following contributed: -Master Bertie and David J. Evans, Misses Edith Thomas, Winnie Howells, Messrs. John Nicholas and Rees Evans. Miss Annie Rowlands accompanied. Addresses were given by the chairman and Rev. D. Jenkin Jones (Saron). Rev. J. J. Lewis (St. Peter's), Mr. T. P. Davies. On behalf of the inhabitants and committee, Mrs. Walter Thomas handed the hero an inscribed Bible.  D. J. Thomas, Fforestfach, was successfull in passing in mining at the last examination held under the Glamorgan County Council. The funeral of Mrs. Corbett, of Mardy, took place at Cadle, the Rev. D. Jenkin Jones (Saron) officiating, assisted by the Rev. W. Rawson Williams, B.A. (Jerusalem).
The funeral of Mr. William Davies, Parc, took place at Cadle. Deceased, aged 76. was the oldest deacon of Saron. The Rev. D. Jenkin Jones(Saron) officiated, assisted by the Revs Perar Griffiths, E. J. Hughes, W. Rawson Williams, B.A., and J. Edwards.
A concert was held at Saron, Gendros. in aid of the Fforestfach Soldiers' and 'Saliors' Fund and the Red Cross Hospital Mr. Ben James (secretary) called upon Mr. C. C. Vivian (late of Forest Hall) to preside, and in doing go spoke in eulogistic terms of Mr. Vivian's goodness to Fforestfach and his unfailing readiness to extend a helping hand. A vote of condolence was passed with the parents and relatives of two local heroes who lost their lives on H.M S. Vanguard, namely, A.B. William John Hopkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hopkins, Armine-road; and A.B. Daniel Jones. son of Mr. and Mrs. John Jones. Arnside, Middle road; and also with Dr. McRitchie and family in their bereavement. The artistes were: Miss H. M. Williams (Ynystawe), Miss Beatrice Hughes (Manselton), Miss M. J Francis ('"Llaethferch"), Mr. J. Morlais Evans (Llangennech), Master M.R. Lloyd (Treboeth). Madam L. B. Thomas (Fforestfach) On behalf of the committee and local inhabitants, Mrs. W. Hosea Jones, Manselton, .and Mrs. John Davies, Bleak House, handed suitably inscribed Bibles to the, following soldiers Pte. Rees Morgan, Pte. D. J. Mabbett, Sapper W. G. James and A.B. Fred Morse. Pte. Tom Jones, who lost his right arm on the Somme, was handed a cheque, Mr. Vivian making the presentation on behalf of the Committee.  Pte. Lewis Evans (discharged) who was also present, received a similar gift a fortnight ago.”7

Medals: Victory, British & Star.8

1 England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
2 1889 Census Wales
3 1901 Census Wales
4 1911 Census Wales
5 CWGC, Grave Registration Documents – Registers.
6 Cambrian Daily Leader 17.07.1917
7 Cambrian Daily Leader 21.07.1917
8 UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972