Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

15th January 1915.  [William] Vyvian Douglas-Jones, B Social 1908.  2nd Lt, 33rd Battery, 33rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.  He was a career officer who gained his commission at Woolwich:‘as observation officer of his battery, was taking a new subaltern round to see the observation posts, when a sniper from a house fired and knocked him over. His companion, with the help of two soldiers, under heavy fire, carried him to a farm and dressed his wounds. “I have never known a more willing worker or a more gallant boy; we were a very happy family in this battery, and his place will not easily be filled. He was always absolutely fearless and indifferent to bullets, so much so that we frequently had to warn him not to get into unnecessary danger. But on the occasion on which the bullet found him there was no rashness, he was doing a needful thing quietly in the usual manner. He could not have died better. It is a vile kind of fighting when we keep losing our best with little apparently to show for it, but it is the work of such boys which has made us hold the enemy back, and his life went gallantly in doing his best.”

Aged 20

WV Douglas-Jones, 2nd Lt, 33rd Battery, 33rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.  kia 15 January 1915

WV Douglas-Jones, 2nd Lt, 33rd Battery, 33rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. kia 15 January 1915