A Collection of Medals to The South Wales Borderers

Date of Auction: 24th February 2016

Sold for £800

Estimate: £300 - £400

Four: Lieutenant-Colonel E. W. Jones, South Wales Borderers, latterly C.O. of the 4th Battalion

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State (Capt., S. Wales Bord.); 1914-15 Star (Major, S. Wales Bord.); British War and Victory Medals (Lt. Col.) first with edge bruise, good very fine and better (4) £300-400


Edward Whitmore Jones was born on 10 January 1869. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, from the Militia, in the Leicestershire Regiment, on 4 February 1891 and was transferred to the South Wales Borderers on 18 February 1891. Jones was promoted to Lieutenant in September 1892; Captain in April 1897; Major in July 1909 and Lieutenant-Colonel in June 1917. Served in the Second Boer War, being present at operations in Cape Colony, February 1900 and operations in Orange Free State, April-May 1900. His service in South Africa was curtailed by enteric fever. He was again in South Africa with the 2nd Battalion, 1910-12, after which he served in North China, 1912-14. He was still in China at the start of the Great War and his m.i.c. lists him as entering the ‘Tsingtau’ theatre of war on 23 September 1914. After operations had been completed there, the battalion returned to the U.K. via Hong Kong, before being deployed in Gallipoli - where they landed at Cape Helles on 25 April 1915. With the evacuation of Gallipoli in January 1916, they were moved to Egypt and in March 1916 were posted to France. In August 1917 Major Jones was appointed 2i/c of the 4th Battalion South Wales Borderers in Mesopotamia. As Lieutenant-Colonel he was appointed C.O. of the battalion in August 1918, serving in Mesopotamia and Kurdistan. Lieutenant-Colonel Jones retired in December 1919. His home address in 1922 when claiming his WW1 medals was ‘The Manor House, Bodicote, Near Banbury’.

With copied m.i.c. and service details.