Second World War Italian Campaign Prisoner of War Camp Commander’s August 1944 Order of the British Empire and long service group awarded to war substantive Captain and Temporary Major J. Jones, Royal Artillery, who was serving as the officer comm...

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    Second World War Italian Campaign Prisoner of War Camp Commander’s August 1944 Order of the British Empire and long service group awarded to war substantive Captain and Temporary Major J. Jones, Royal Artillery, who was serving as the officer commanding No.368 Prisoner of War Camp that was located in Sicily and later Taranto. Wounded in this position on 30th August 1943, he went on to be decorate for his work as the camp commander, he having shown considerable industry and initiative in dealing with tasks beyond the normal resources of his camp. In Sicily he had to receive and house on a semi-permanent basis up to 6,000 prisoners with a camp designed to provide transit facilities for only 2,000. In Taranto personnel arrived unexpectedly for about a month in numbers far in excess of the capacity of the transit camps to deal with them. In addition, Jones was given the task of improvising out of his own resources four transit camps to house 4,500, and it was mainly owing to his ability and successful improvisation that the large numbers involved were housed, fed and despatched to their destinations.

    Group of 6: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member, M.B.E., 2nd type, Military Division; 1939-1945 Star; Italy Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVI 1st type bust; (CAPT. J. JONES. (M.B.E.) R.A.)

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    John Jones saw service during the Second World War, and was serving as a Battery Sergeant Major when he was granted an emergency commission as a war substantive 2nd Lieutenant (No.231209) with the Royal Artillery on 7th January 1942. Later promoted to Captain and Temporary Major, Jones is interestingly noted as having been wounded on 30th August 1943, whilst attached to No.368 Prisoner of War Camp, which he commanded. Jones was appointed a Member of the Military Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the London Gazette for 24th August 1944, this being awarded for his services as officer commanding No.368 Prisoner of War Camp that was located in Sicily and later Taranto.

    The recommendation reads as follows: ‘This officer has shown considerable industry and initiative in dealing with tasks beyond the normal resources of his camp. In Sicily he had to receive and house on a semi-permanent basis up to 6,000 prisoners with a camp designed to provide transit facilities for only 2,000. In Taranto personnel arrived unexpectedly for about a month in numbers far in excess of the capacity of the transit camps to deal with them. In addition to the normal work of his prisoner of war camp, which was running, Major Jones was given the task of improvising out of his own resources four transit camps to house 4,500. Although there were very few ordnance stores available, Major Jones dealt with the matter cheerfully and efficiently, and it was mainly owing to his ability and successful improvisation that the large numbers involved were housed, fed and despatched to their destinations. He has always shown himself willing to tackle any task with the minimum of help and notice, and his resourcefulness has invariably beeb of considerable assistance.’