George Jones was the son of Edwin and Eliza Jones of Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes. His parents spent several years living and working in America and George was born there in 1886.
The family later returned to Heath Hayes and ran a successful bakery and shop, where George worked after leaving school.
Shortly before the outbreak of World War One, George married local girl Alice Robinson and the couple settled in Heath Hayes.
George went on to enlist with the Royal Garrison Artillery and served at Ypres and the Somme.
During his service in France, his battalion came under enemy fire and George and his comrades took shelter in a nearby farmhouse.
During the attack a shell hit the chimney, which sent shrapnel and rubble flying around the inside of the building.
A piece of shrapnel hit the tobacco tin tucked inside the breast pocket of George’s jacket and it clearly saved his life. However he lost an eye in the incident and wore an eye patch for the rest of his life.
After the war George went back to work in the family bakery. He was also part of the committee which organised the Heath Hayes War Memorial.
George is also pictured at the opening ceremony of the War Memorial in 1927 (see ‘About Heath Hayes’ tab).