Kenneth Crossley Jones
- Born: 22 Oct 1892, Victoria Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
- Died: 30 Oct 1915, Malta at age 23
- Buried: Pieta Military Cemetery, Our Lady of Sorrows Street, Pieta, Malta
Cause of his death was Enteric Fever (Typhoid).
Kenneth enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on the 14th September, 1914. He was from East Camberwell in Melbourne, a Warehouseman, aged 21 years and 10 months. He listed his father, George of 6 Brinsley Road, East Camberwell as his next of kin. He was assigned to the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corps. He was a Private, Service Number 806.
Kenneth was described as 5 feet 6 3/4 inches tall, weight 10 stone 3 lbs, chest 33-34 inches, Florid complexion, Blue eyes and Brown hair. His religion was Presbyterian.
On the 2nd February 1915 he boarded the Chilka in Melbourne. On the 3rd August 1915 he proceeded to Mudros in the Dardanelles (Gallipoli campaign) and joined his unit in Lemnos on the 11th August 1915. On the 16th October 1915 he was admitted to the No. 13 Casualty Clearing Station at Anzac Cove, and then hospital at Mudros. On the 24th October he was disembarked to the St Andrew's Hospital in Malta from the Hospital Ship Soudan. He was reported as "Dangerously Ill" on the 26th October and by the 30th October 1915 he was dead from Enteric Fever (Typhoid).
Kenneth was buried at the Pieta Military Cemetery in Malta, Grave No. 1 Row 18A. He is also remembered on his parent's gravestone at the Box Hill Cemetery in Melbourne, Australia.
Kenneth was the recipient of the 1914/15 Star No 3554, the British War medal No 7802 and the Victory medal No 7764. His father received a Memorial Scroll and a Memorial Plaque No 322167. In 1967 his only surviving sister, Edith, applied for the Gallipoli Medal that Kenneth was entitled to.
Kenneth's father George was advised of his son's illness by telegram on the 4th November 1915 and then of his death by letter on the 26th November, 1915.
His personal effects were returned to his father in February of 1916. The package consisted of Letters, a Disc, 2 Purses, a Razor Strop, 7 coins, a Wallet, Photos, Card, Writing Paper, Diary, Metal chain, Razor, Two Knives and a Mirror (broken).
In 1920 there was correspondence exchanged between Kenneth's father and the Army apparently regarding plans by the Army to place standardised headstones on the Graves of fallen soldiers at Military Cemeteries. George had already paid for and had erected a Memorial Headstone on his son's grave in Malta which he was reluctant to have replaced with a regulation military issue headstone. He wrote on 19th May 1920, "Yes, I rather demur having incurred a cost of about £10 and associated with it some sentiment." He received a polite reply with a standard pamphlet and an explanation that, with respect to standardisation, "it is trusted that all concerned will be content to accept the principle, departure from which , the Commission fears, will lead to most undesirable inequalities in the treatment of individuals." An opportunity for appeal was effectively offered, but there is no indication in the records that this was ever exercised by George.
Kenneth's brother, George, signed up for the AIF as soon as he turned 18 in 1917, returning home safely in 1919.
Noted events in his life were:
• He had a residence in 1914 in 8 Brinsley Rd, Camberwell, , Victoria, Australia.
• He worked as a Warehouseman in 1914 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.