Sapper Benjamin Thomas Jones


Unit : 204th Field Company, 43rd (Wessex) Division

Army No. : 1881829

Awards : Military Medal


During the operation on the 25th September 1944, of reinforcing and supplying 1st Airborne Division, this unit was required to man assault boats in which infantry and supplies were to be ferried across. The whole operation was done under intense Machine Gun and mortar fire. Sapper Jones was in charge of an assault boat with two other inexperienced sappers who had never been under fire before, and who had never been in an assault boat before. He set such a wonderful example, teaching and encouraging his comrades and, in spite of the very heavy fire, managed to make 9 trips across the Neder Rijn, his last being made in the half light of dawn. He made his return long after everyone else was clear of the bullet swept bank. Sapper Jones' exceptional example of courage, leadership, and sense of duty materially affected the reinforcements and supplies sent to 1st Airborne Division.


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