James Jones EM

b. ? d. ?

DATE OF EM ACTION: 21/12/1912 Old Colwyn, Denbighshire, Wales.

Little can be traced about the life of foreman James Jones other than his actions in Old Colwyn, Denbighshire on 21st December 1912 which earned him and Robert Ward the Edward Medal in Bronze for Industry.



On the 21st November, 1912, two workmen, named John Lloyd and Morris Edwards, were employed in excavating a deep sewer trench at Old Colwyn, when the sides of the trench suddenly gave way. There was a heavy fall of earth and timbering, and both men were buried at the bottom. Robert Ward and James Jones promptly set to work to rescue them. The trench was fourteen feet deep, and the two men had been working separate sections seven feet long by three and a-half wide. Soil and timber fell in to the depth of about four feet, and Ward and Jones had to begin their work of rescue at a depth of about ten feet. They had to remove practically all the fallen material in order to reach the two men. The soil was sand and gravel, and the danger of working was largely increased by the presence of water at the bottom, and, as they dug further down, the risk increased. They persisted in their efforts for three and a-quarter hours, and, though John Lloyd was dead when they reached his body, they succeeded in saving the life of Morris Edwards. There is no doubt that the two men ran a great risk of a further fall of earth and timber and of being buried themselves.