The death and funeral of Mr Thomas G. Jones of Fishguard

This large funeral was held in 1922 upon the sad occasion of the death of Mr Thomas G. Jones, aged 30 years, Market  Square Fishguard, where he ran the local pharmacy.

Upon leaving the County School, Thomas  Jones had become apprenticed as a chemist to Mr Meyler of Fishguard, and after passing his final exams in London, he took up the important appointment of travelling inspector for the well-known firm of Boots’ Cash Chemists. In 1916, upon the death of Mr Thomas Lewis, he took over the old established pharmacy on Fishguard Square, but only conducted the business for a few months before he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps.  There, his outstanding skill and abilities were evident and he rapidly rose to the rank of Sergeant Major, and on being sent to the East was placed in charge of dispensing at the Military Hospital at Bazra.

Upon demobilization he resumed his business on the Market Square which had been closed during his absence. His health, however, was far from satisfactory and he was under constant medical treatment. About a fortnight prior to his death he consulted a Harley Street specialist and had only recently returned home  when he passed away with tragic suddenness on March 26th 1922. Thomas Jones had been a faithful member of Hermon Baptist Church and his burial was at Hermon Cemetery.

People lined High Street to witness the passing of the hearse which was followed by local service personnel as well as representatives of all parts of the town.

The inscription on Thomas Jones’ grave also commemorates the death of his brother, Samuel G. Jones, who had died in Mesopotamia in 1916 whilst on active service with the Mechanical Transport of the A.S.C. He lies buried in Bazra.

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