|Signaler A. E. L. Jones of No. 4 "University" Company, The Queen's City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers.
Arthur E. L. Jones was the son of Thomas W. and Elizabeth Jones and was born about 1879 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Thomas Jones was a Major in The Queen's City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers.
Arthur was listed as a student of medicine while enrolled at the University of Edinburgh and besides being a
member of the University's rifle volunteers was listed as Secretary of the University's "Hound and Hare Club"
(1898-99) and President (1901-02).
His military career is somewhat fragmentary at this time but what has come to light follows:
2nd Lieutenant, The Queen's City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers - ?
Lieutenant - 12 December, 1901
Captain - 23 July, 1904
4th Battalion, the Royal Scots - ?
Major - 29 June, 1915
Gazetted with the Territorial Decoration - 11 May, 1918
Retires - 30 December, 1921
Based on the 1898 date of this photograph it would appear that Jones had yet to be promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in
the Queen's City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers (The Queen's Rifle Volunteer Brigade, the Royal Scots). I have listed
him as signaler simply because the chose to pose with a signal flag. In the 1904-05 edition of the Edinburgh
University Calendar, Jones is listed as a Lieutenant and engineering and signaling are mentioned as two specialty
fields that were taught to Company members. Interestingly Jones was listed as having taken several prizes in
shorthand competitions in The Phonetic Journal for the Year 1896. So perhaps he was naturally adept at
language-based exercises such as signaling.
John D. Edward - Photographer
43 Great King Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
10 March, 1898