Signaler A. E. L. Jones of No. 4 "University" Company, The Queen's City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers.


Arthur Ed
mund Lewis Jones was the son of Thomas William and Elizabeth Macfarlane Greig and was born about
1879 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thomas Jones was a c
olonel 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 Volunteer
s  - 1898

Lieutenant - 12 December 1901

Captain - 23 July 1904

4th Battalion, the Royal Scots - 1
April 1908

Major - 29 June 1915


No. 6 (Scottish) Provisional Battalion - 12 August 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. 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.


While Jones was clearly in uniform during World War One I have yet to find any medal index card or medal roll
mentioning him. One might assume that did not deploy to a theater of operations and performed home service duties
only.

Jones married Isabella (Ella) Davidson Hamilton at an undetermined date. He died at Edinburgh on 15 December
1944.



Cabinet Photograph
John D. Edward  - Photographer
43 Great King Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
10 March 1898