Alien Goes on the Blind Side
Written and researched by David
with the kind help of historians world wide.
Born in Pontesbury,
1890 Stephen Sydney Jones(SSJ) attended England's oldest teacher training college, the College
of St John in Battersea (founded in 1838)
He began his career at Elmore Green school in Walsall but decided to
specialize his skills and must have moved to Liverpool to gain his
certificate from the College of Teachers for the Blind. He joined the
Aliens in November 1913 and probably knew Fred
, Ernest Hickling
or Percy Kinns
from the St John's days.
He was appointed 1XV captain at the General Meeting held at the
Criterion Hotel on 18th June 1914, unbeknown to him he would be the
last captain before the Great War.
Whilst in Liverpool he taught at Blue
Coat Hospital and Wavertree School for the Blind.
With the outbreak of the Great War SSJ
immediately volunteered for service and the Wellington Journal 6th
February 1915 reports:-
"Mr. S. S. Jones, son of Mr. J. B.
Jones, Pontesbury, is appointed Lieutenant in the 15th Middlesex
Regiment. He joined the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry on the outbreak of
war, from which he was given a commission."
Posted to the battlefront with the 23rd
Battalion Middlesex Regt he served 2 years
service and 4 months in the field force but by August
1916 was suffering from necrosis, a flesh disease. SSJ was cared
for initially at 139th
Field Ambulance and thence to 1 NZ Stationary Hospital on
23rd (Service) Battalion (2nd
Formed in London on 29 June 1915 by W. Joynson Hicks MP. Moved to
November 1915 : moved to Aldershot and came under command of 123rd
Brigade in 41st Division.
May 1916 : landed in France.
November 1917 : moved with the Division to Italy but returned to France
in March 1918.
from Long Long Trail]
He finished with the military in
After the war he returned to Elmore
Green School and married in Shrewsbury 1920 to Olive Major.
Thankfully his name does not appear on
the school memorial.
Elmore Green School website]
British War Medal
Stephen passed away in Pontesbury, Shropshire in 1957
STEPHEN SYDNEY JONES
Aliens RFC, Seft0n
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