Spr Glynn Jones - 1st Fd Park Coy

Spr Glynn Jones
RCE Dieppe Memorial in Newhaven, England

Sapper Glyn Jones was born in in 1921 at Glamorgan, Bargold, South Wales, the son of David John Jones and Annie. The family immigrated to Canada and took up residence in Thedford, ON when he was quite young. Glyn had six brothers: Thomas, David, John, James, William and Oliver and two sisters: Mary Ann and Nancy.
Glyn attended public school in Thedford but went to Sarnia when he was eleven to finish his education at Lochiel Street Public School and then Sarnia Collegiate. Prior to enlisting, he worked at a local gas service station as a mechanic for a short time. Glyn was single when he and his brother Edward joined the army together on 5 September 1939.

Glyn joined the 1st Field Park Company in Sarnia. He received the first part of his military training in Sarnia and then with No. 1 District Depot at Bright’s Grove starting on 9 December 1939. He was then transferred to London, ON on 16 May 1940 and later to Camp Petawawa, ON at the Engineer Training Center to complete his training.
Sapper Jones embarked at St John, NB for England on 30 November 1940. The advance elements of the 1st Fd Park Coy had embarked earlier and with this draft the 2nd Canadian Division was now complete in England. Like the rest of the 2nd Division engineer units, the 1st Field Park Company was working on construction projects, preparing defensive works and training. On 6 May 1942 he obtained his Driver qualification and for three weeks in July 1942 and the week before the Dieppe Raid he was with 14th Army Tank Regiment (The Calgary Regiment) for special training.

For the Dieppe Raid, Sapper Jones and his 1st Field Park Company mate Sapper McCaslin travelled with the dozers in Tank Landing Craft 159 and 163. They were there primarily to help remove damaged tanks off the LCTs by winch from shore. Later duties would be to help prepare exits over the Esplanade Wall and to help clear routes into the town.

The bulldozers were the first to trundle down the ramp. With no armour protection for the operator, they quickly became casualties. Sapper Jones was Killed in Action. He is buried in the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-sur-Mer, France.

{…with research assistance by the Canadian Military Engineer Museum…}



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