Airborne Engineers Association

Roll of Honour



14499880, George Henry Albert Jones, 7th June 1931 - 11th October 2021


George led a very variable life from a very young age.His father, served in the Corps of Royal Engineers and as a SSgt was posted in 1937 to Hong Kong, with the family following later.


Taken prisoner by the Japanese in 1941, George and his brother and mother were
evacuated to the Philippines. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines the family
were moved on to Sydney Australia, where George did his schooling from age 10-15
years. His dad was later released from captivity and he took the family back to Britain.

Opting for a military career, George enlisted and for 3 years attended the Apprentice
College at Arborfield, where he trained as a Vehicle Mechanic.

Moving on to man service George transferred from RAOC to the RE’s where he later
volunteered for the airborne unit 9 Para Sqn then based in Aldershot and served with
them for 10 years.

His first posting after joining the Squadron was to the Canal Zone where almost eighty thousand men of the British Army were stationed guarding the Suez Canal and other assets of Great Britain. It was during this period of 3 years in the Canal Zone that
he met Irene, and they later married in 1954 back in Aldershot where they spent a further
5 years with 9 Sqn.

George had quickly settled into the normal activities of the squadron, i.e. fitness training,
sporting activities, infantry tactics, shooting (and a little bit of hard drinking)! Promoted to Sgt, it was in those days like waiting for ‘dead man shoes’ for further steps up the ladder, so time to move on. Further postings included 3 years in Germany, 3 years as a permanent staff instructor at the Junior Leaders Regt in Dover, 2 years in Cyprus then to Chattenden, Kent as a QMSI, on to Singapore for 18 months as CSM followed by his final posting of 12 months as a QMSI at the Field Engineer Wing at Chattenden.Once demobbed George and Irene headed south to Perth, Australia, where they lived together for the past 50 years. He once stated that he never regretted any periods of his life.

George also, worked for about 23 years as a 'Proof Reader1 on the newspaper, “The West Australian”. George always early 90 people attended his final farewell, missed army life, but did belong to “Pegasus” our Airborne club. He was given a great military send-off, with ex-airborne (British) carrying his coffin, - a piper, and standard bearer were in attendance and a bugler for played the Last Post. Nearly 90 people attended his final farewell.





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