Biography

Birth date: 26 September 1900
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Norfolk, Gorleston
Death date: 5 August 1944
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Cowra
Final rank: Private
Service number: N244527 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 22nd Garrison Battalion

Ralph Jones (1900-1944) was born in Britain and came to Australia shortly before the war, having previously served in the British army. The George Cross posthumously awarded for his bravery during a Japanese prisoner-of-war breakout was presented to his brother in Britain.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 5 August 1944
  • Unit: 22nd Garrison Battalion

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : George Cross

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : George Cross

  • Unit: 22nd Garrison Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

P01451.003

COWRA, NSW. 1944-08. CIVILIAN MOURNERS BESIDE THE COFFINS OF PRIVATES C. H. SHEPHERD, RALPH JONES AND BENJAMIN GOWER HARDY, ALL OF THE 22ND GARRISON BATTALION. THEY WERE KILLED REPELLING THE JAPANESE OUTBREAK AT THE 12TH AUSTRALIAN PRISONER OF WAR (POW) CAMP, COWRA, NSW, 1944-08-05. HARDY AND JONES...

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P01451.002

Funeral procession along the main street of Privates C. H. Shepherd, Ralph Jones and Benjamin Gower Hardy, all of the 22nd Garrison Battalion. They were killed repelling the Japanese outbreak at the 12th Australian prisoner of war (POW) camp at Cowra, NSW, on 5 August 1944. Hardy and Jones were...

P01451.002

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PRIVATE RALPH JONES GC, 22ND GARRISON BATTALION, WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE GEORGE CROSS FOR BRAVERY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY DURING A MASS OUTBREAK AT NO. 12 POW CAMP, COWRA, ON THE NIGHT OF C.1944-08-04. AS A MEMBER OF A MACHINE GUN CREW, HE CONTINUED TO WORK THE GUN UNTIL OVERWHELMED BY ESCAPING...

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Heraldry

George Cross : Private R Jones, 22 Garrison Battalion

George Cross. Engraved reverse with recipient's details.

REL37370.001

Film

The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (N244527) Private Ralph Jones, 22nd Garrison Battalion, 2nd AIF, Second World War.

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1900-09-26
Date of death 1944-08-05