As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page on Sergeant Denzil Tattersall Jones (8 December 1888-6 April 1917), who died in France of wounds sustained, most likely at Vimy Ridge, while serving with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He is buried in the Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.
Here are the local Cowichan Leader newspaper reports of his death:
“Staff Sergt. D.T. Jones
A recent cable from England announced the death from wounds of Staff Sergeant Denzil Tattersall Jones, son of S. Wynne Jones, of Birkenhead, England. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16 and was in the service for some years. Arriving at Westholme after he and a friend, Stanley Jones, had just completed three years stationed at the Naval Hospital, Malta, he spent a year with Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Compton, learning farming. He and his freind then bought eighty acres nearby, had cleared ten acres and had built a nice house and barn just as war broke out. They promptly left everything and reported at Esquimalt, where they served aboard a hospital ship, subsequently joining an infantry battalion. Denzil served in the trenches for eighteen months and was then transferred to the British gas school in France. He was married last Christmas when home on leave [note: likely in England]. He was about 26 years of age [note: he was 28 at the time of his death].
Here are some websites with more information about Denzil Tattersall Jones:
- Canadian Virtual War Memorial
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
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