Major Francis Jones
CVO, TD, DI, FSA, MS, KStJ,
Late Wales Herald Extraordinary
What they said: The Duke of Norfolk and Sir Anthony Wagner
The Author’s Career
BORN July 1908 at Trevine in Pembrokeshire FJ was educated at Fishguard County School, eventually becoming a schoolmaster.
He was a pioneer Archivist at Haverfordwest Records Office in 1931. Commissioned into 4th Welch he was transferred to Pembroke Yeomanry. He was Archivist in the National Library of Wales.
Entering active Service 1939 he took part in the North African landings and the Battle of Beja (where he was mentioned in Despatches) when Rommel’s last Panzer attack was repulsed. Fought in Sicilian Campaign and landing. Then landing at Salerno, he fought in Italian Campaign up to the Monte Cassino battle as 2nd in Command of regiment. Posted as GSO to War Cabinet Offices Historical Section, he wrote the Official War Record of the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns. became Battery Commander in Surrey Yeomanry, QMR. Created Wales Herald in 1963, a post previously held in the 15th century.
On Earl Marshal’s staff he officiated at the State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill; a member of Prince of Wales Investiture ’66-’67, he officiated at Caernarfon, and numerous State occasions for thirty years, State Openings of Parliament, Knights of the Garter Ceremonies, etc.
His first articles were published in Pembrokeshire in the late 1920’s. He wrote over a thousand articles, essays, lectures and books and also appeared on BBC radio and in TV programmes.
His writings appeared in such diverse publications as