Lieutenant Harold Robert Jones of the 2nd Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment in a photograph taken soon after the death of Queen Victoria - as denoted by the black mourning band on his arm.
Harold Robert Jones was the youngest son of Griffith and Edith Jones, of The Bury, Goldington, Bedfordshire, and was born in 1878.
Jones entered the 3rd Battalion, the Bedfordshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant on 24 March 1897.
Promoted Lieutenant - 3 May 1898.
Transferred as 2nd Lieutenant to the 2/the Hampshire Regiment - 4 January 1899.
Wounded at Waterval Drift, South Africa - 15 February 1900
Discharged from hospital and returned to duty - 19 August 1900
Promoted Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment -11 December 1901
Seconded as Adjutant to the 7th Regiment of Mounted Infantry - 1902
Returned to England on board Walmer Castle - 21 March 1903
Promoted Captain, 2nd Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment - 1905
For his service in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War Harold Robert Jones was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal with six clasps: "Relief of Kimberly", "Cape Colony", "Orange Free State", "Transvaal", "South Africa - 1901" and "South Africa - 1902". He also appears on the roll for the King's South Africa Medal with its two
clasps: "South Africa - 1901" and "South Africa - 1902". There seems to be a discrepancy in the medal rolls being that normally if one qualified for the "South Africa - 1901" and "South Africa - 1902" clasps for the Queen's medal you would not qualify for the King's medal. The inverse was also true since if one qualified for the King's medal one would
not qualify for the "South Africa - 1901" and "South Africa - 1902" clasps on the Queen's medal.
Captain Harold Robert Jones was killed in a hunting accident at Old Wolverton House, Bucks on 27 October 1907. He was 29 years old.
Deal - Photographer
Bloemfontein, Orange River Colony, South Africa
Below: A second portrait of Lieutenant Harold Robert Jones obviously taken during the same photographic session at the Deal Studio at Bloemfontein. This second image was purchased several years after the full length portrait above and from a different source. It is rather remarkable that these two photographs have been reunited in this collection
after being separated for well over 100 years.