WWW.1879ZULUWAR.COM

Film Zulu Dawn:Lt. Col. Pulleine: His Lordship is of the cetain opinion that it's far too difficult an approach to be chosen by the Zulu command.Col. Durnford: Yes, well... difficulty never deterred a Zulu commander.
 
HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  GalleryGallery  PublicationsPublications  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  
Latest topics
Colonel R.T. Glyn, 1/24th Regt. kwaSokhexe, Ulundi
[Mac and Shad](Isandula Collection)
Secrets Of The Dead The Mystery Of Zulu Dawn
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 
Rechercher Advanced Search
Top posters
90th
 
littlehand
 
Frank Allewell
 
ADMIN
 
Chelmsfordthescapegoat
 
John
 
Mr M. Cooper
 
1879graves
 
impi
 
rusteze
 
Fair Use Notice
Fair use notice. This website may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorised by the copyright owner. We are making such material and images are available in our efforts to advance the understanding of the “Anglo Zulu War of 1879. For educational & recreational purposes. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material, as provided for in UK copyright law. The information is purely for educational and research purposes only. No profit is made from any part of this website. If you hold the copyright on any material on the site, or material refers to you, and you would like it to be removed, please let us know and we will work with you to reach a resolution.
Top posting users this month
Drummer Boy 14
 
Frank Allewell
 
90th
 
rusteze
 
ADMIN
 
Julian Whybra
 
SRB1965
 
ymob
 
xhosa2000
 
1879graves
 
Most active topics
Isandlwana, Last Stands
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
Durnford was he capable.5
Durnford was he capable.1
Durnford was he capable. 3
Durnford was he capable.2
Durnford was he capable. 4
The ammunition question
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
The missing five hours.

Share | 
 

 Major Walter Parke Jones (1844-1883)

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
littlehand

avatar

Posts : 7051
Join date : 2009-04-24
Age : 49
Location : Down South.

PostSubject: Major Walter Parke Jones (1844-1883)   Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:24 pm

Major Walter Parke Jones (1844-1883) was the second of three sons of William Lowther Jones (1805-1852) and his wife, Louisa, nee Champion (1821-1911). His brothers were Champion Jones (1842-1891) and Douglas Jones (1846-1928). Walter was born in Malta on 7th March 1844 while his parents were touring Europe. He was educated in Wimbledon, London and Paris; in December 1863 he received a commission in the Royal Engineers. He served abroad continuously from 1868 to 1875 and became a Captain in 1877. Walter died of meningitis in Paris (while on leave visiting his mother, his father having died when he was eight years old). He was thiry-nine years old and had never married.
Back to top Go down
John Young

avatar

Posts : 1290
Join date : 2013-09-08
Age : 61
Location : Lower Sheering, Essex

PostSubject: Re: Major Walter Parke Jones (1844-1883)   Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:36 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Walter Parke Jones, Royal Engineers, photographed as a lieutenant in South Africa, circa 1872.
John Young Collection.

John Y.
Back to top Go down
rusteze

avatar

Posts : 2215
Join date : 2010-06-02

PostSubject: Re: Major Walter Parke Jones (1844-1883)   Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:59 pm

(Captain), son of WL Jones and born in Valetta, Malta while his parents were on a European tour, Jones was educated in Paris where his mother went to live after the death of her husband (1852). He entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and obtained a commission in the ROYAL ENGINEERS having graduated in 1863. He served in various parts of the world before coming to South Africa in 1872 where he was stationed at Pietermaritzburg, Major Durnford taking over from him and Jones remarked: 'we got on famously'. This may have been the time when he made design proposals for a defensive laager at Estcourt, to which he referred when hearing about the Bushman's Pass incident involving Durnford (November 1873). In May/June 1873 he was sent to King William's Town (the headquarters of the Royal Engineers) and, once Captain Tilly had been dispatched, was appointed D.C.R.E. of the Eastern Frontier District 'a post never held before by anyone under a Colonel, I believe' (KCM 42907, letter dated 29 Aug 1873). His job included an annual inspection of the old forts in British Kaffraria. In November 1873 he was directed to take over from Durnford (KCM 42907, letter dated 16 November 1873) since Durnford had been wounded) but was recalled in December having reached East London). He returned to Natal on a hunting expedition to the Drakensberg in March 1874 to celebrate 10 years service, returning to King William's Town and was back in Pietermaritzburg on an official tour in September 1874 and accompanied Durnford on a visit to Bushman's Pass. He returned to King William's Town via No Man's Land and was posted to Cape Town in November 1875 and back to Britain the same year. He wrote from Chatham in November 1878, about to embark for the Kaffir war. He served in this war in charge of an Engineer Field Company until the end of 1879 when he was posted back to Britain.

As far as his fort plans went, apart from a great many plans and copies of War Department plans carried out by him at King William's Town, the proposals at Estcourt were not carried out but he advised on Fort Melville (1879) and 'Fort Helpmakaar is to a great extent my baby. The site is vile. I did not choose it' (KCM 42906, letter dated 25 February 1879). His company was also working on an eight foot high stone wall at Rorke's Drift.

He served in Calcutta for about two years before being posted to London to command the 3rd Company, Royal Engineers, died in Paris as a result of meningitis and was buried at Passy Cemetery. Two known photographs of him exist.

(Cory Library for Historical Research, Rhodes Univ; Killie Campbell Libr KCM 42906 (photocopies of correspondence); Looking Back Dec 1983, April 1984)

Steve
Back to top Go down
1879graves

avatar

Posts : 2451
Join date : 2009-03-03
Location : Devon

PostSubject: Re: Major Walter Parke Jones (1844-1883)   Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:32 pm

Walter Parke Jones, located in the Passy Cemetery, Paris Île-de-France.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Billiongraves.com
Back to top Go down
http://zuluwar1879.tribalpages.com
1879graves

avatar

Posts : 2451
Join date : 2009-03-03
Location : Devon

PostSubject: Re: Major Walter Parke Jones (1844-1883)   Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:41 pm

In a letter home from Helpmakaar, on l6th.March,1879,Captain Jones wrote:

"Owing to the deaths at lsandhlwana, Bromhead, the second in-command at Rorke's Drift got his Company by promotion and he gets a brevet. This makes my Chard, who was in command, quite sure of a brevet, when he gets his Company, a year hence. Chard is in great luck, he left us at Durban, came up here quickly and comfortably, without all the bother of men sick, wagons sticking, etc. He leaves Isandhlwana camp an hour before the disaster, being ordered to look after the ponts over the Tugela, at Rorke's Drift. (writer's comment: an error; for Tugela, read Buffalo. It is also incorrect to say that, Lieutenant Chard was 'ordered to return to the ponbs". He actually returned on his own accord, after watching developments at Isandhlwana, which he read as possibly endangering his responsibilities at Rorke's Drift and returned there, to carry out the command duties that he had been given by Major Henry Spalding that very morning, before he , Major Spalding, set off for Helpmakaar, to bring up reinforcements for Rorke's Drift. "He there becomes a hero, gets fever and goes away on sick leave to a comfortable and hospitable house near Ladysmith, 60 miles off and vegetates there ever since. Not one iota of the work or drudgery does he get"..

In another letter, dated at St.Paul's, Zululand, on 2nd. August,1879, Captain Walter Jones wrote:

"Chard got his orders to leave No.5 Field Company for good and departed yesterday. He is a most amiable fellow and a loss to the Ness, but as a Company officer, he is hopelessly slow and slack. I shall get on much better without him, and with Porter (Lieutenant R.da C. Porter) as my senior Sub. - Chard makes me angry, with such a start as he got, he stuck to the Company doing nothing. In his place, I should have gone up and asked Lord Chelmsford for an appointment, he must have got it and if not, he could have gone home soon after Rorke’s Drift at the height of his popularity and done splendidly at home - I advised him, but he placidly smokes his pipe and does nothing. Few men get such opportunities.

In a letter from Cape Town, written on 16th.November,1879, Captain Walter Jones made his last reference to Major Chard: "Yesterday, we R.E's had a grand picnic up Table Mountain. Colonel Hassard( Colonel F.C.Hassard, CB; C.R.E. Pietermaritzburg) and family,five daughters,suppiied the grub, Lt.Cameron,R.E. (Lieutenant J.Cameron,No.7 Field Company, Royal Engineers) and self unlimited champagne and and drinks. The mountain 15 3680 odd feet high, a climb for the ladies. We started at 6 am and got home at 8.30 pm, a good long day. It was most enjoyable. The eldest Miss Frere (daughter oF Sir Henry Bartle Frere, Governor of Cape Colony and High CommIssioner in South Africa),one of our guests, had a letter from Princess Beatrice (a daughter of Queen Victoria),saying that Chard's modest, unassuming demeanor had put him in high favour with her Majesty etc. - it may lead to more good things for him. He is really in luck."
Back to top Go down
http://zuluwar1879.tribalpages.com
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Major Walter Parke Jones (1844-1883)   

Back to top Go down
 
Major Walter Parke Jones (1844-1883)
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
WWW.1879ZULUWAR.COM  :: PICTORIAL CATALOGUE OF AZW GRAVES & MEMORIALS-
Jump to: