Soldier in RAF uniform
Pte. Evan Jones in RAF uniform outside large metal gates, probably in Egypt or Palestine (French style metalwork). Reverse is set out as a postcard produced by Harry Jones, 8 Windsor Road, Neath, Wales. This might suggest that the image was photographed abroad but a print made on return to Wales.
Private Evan Jones (1895-1960)Army numbers: 302481 (as given on Pension ID on March 21st 1921), gives regiment as RAF.He also served in D. Company 2/19 West London Regiment on active service in France, Salonika and Palestine. This was in the period 1916-1918 when he served under Major F.W. Fames.He was wounded on March 30th 1918 and sent to the No.45 Stationary hospital at El-Arish. A letter stating that his head wound was ‘slight’ was sent on April 13th, 1918. His number at this time is recorded as 612538.He was admitted to Alexandria hospital on 18-11-1918 still under number 612358. He is recorded as RAF. He was discharged on 20-01-1919. This may have been for recuperation following the injury in March.De-mobilised on 15th August 1919 after 42 months and 7 days.Not known when he enlisted but joined early in the war, probably in 1915 when he was about 19.He evidently served in the Royal Army Medical Corps2nd London Regiment 19th Battalion.Royal Air Force.He trained near Eastbourne though the donor could not recall the name of the place, though it was/had been a holiday camp and is near a famous lighthouse.