The regimentally fascinating Male Gigolo’s Northern Ireland, Iraq Op Telic 5, EUFOR Bosnia, and Sniper’s Afghanistan Op Herrick 7 and probable 10 group awarded to Lance Corporal K.A. Jones, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, who served on the Welsh Guards’ last tour of Northern Ireland when in Londonderry in 2003, and was stationed at Al Amarah in Iraq as part of Operation Telic 5 during the period from September 2004 to March 2005. By the age of 20 he was a Lance Sergeant, and destined for higher things, but from Bargoed, near Caerphilly, South Wales, it all went wrong, when on 21st May 2006 the newspaper The People splashed Jones onto the front page under the headline 'HARRY ARMY PAL IS A HOOKER' after an investigation. In the full spread on pages 4 and 5, the title read: ‘Hookingham Palace - Security scandal of £200 a session male prostitute who guards the Queen’. After a dressing down and a demotion, Jones was otherwise allowed to remain in the service, and formed the last British Army tour of Bosnia when the 1st Battalion was present out there in Banja Luka for six months from October 2006 to March 2007 as part of the European Union Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Jones was a qualified sniper, and as such was one of just 19 Welsh Guardsmen to serve attached to the Coldstream Guards in Helmand Province in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick 7 in the period from October 2007 to April 2008, when operating from Forward Operating Base Keenan. His medal, one of the first of type to the Welsh Guards, was personally pinned on his chest by Prince Charles at Clarence House in May 2008, exactly two years to the day of his exposure as a male prostitute. He also appears to have seen service on a second tour of Afghanistan during the ill-fated Op Herrick 10 between April and October 2009 when in Helmand Province. Six members of the battalion were killed, among them a platoon commander, a company commander and the battalion commander. It was the first time since the Korean War that a single battalion had lost officers at these three key levels of leadership. The six-month tour was chronicled in the book Dead Men Risen.
Group of 5: Campaign Service Medal 1962, 1 Clasp: Northern Ireland; (25142616 GDSM K A JONES WG); Iraq Medal 2003-2011, no clasp; (25142616 GDSM K A JONES WG); European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal, with ALTHEA Clasp; Operational Service Medal 2000 for Afghanistan, Clasp: Afghanistan; (25142616 LCPL K A JONES WG); Nato Medal for Afghanistan with ISAF Clasp. First four mounted court style wear, but lacking wearing pin.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with the following:
Original copy of the newspaper ‘The People’ for 21st May 2006, the front page article titled: ‘Harry Army Pal is a Hooker’ and detailing Lance Sergeant Kieran Jones charging girls £200 a time for kinky sex in his Guards uniform. The story runs in full on pages 4 and 5, under the header ‘Hookingham Palace - Security scandal of £200 a session make prostitute who guards the Queen’. The article carries a number of images of Jones in and out of uniform.
Recipient’s single identity disc, stamped: ‘O POS 25142616 JONES KA ND’, this almost certainly a relic of his activities both ‘in and out’ of Wellington Barracks.
Thirteen printed photographs of Jones in service, a number of him being on tour in Iraq and Afghanistan - some of him whilst serving as a sniper, and one of him being presented with his Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan by the Prince of Wales.
Original copy of the ‘Welsh Guards Regimental Magazine 2008’, in which Jones is shown in attendance at a Clarence House Garden Party, and in conversation with the Prince of Wales, this being on the occasion that he had been presented with the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan.
Kieran A. Jones was born in Cardiff, and came from Bargoed, near Caerphilly, South Wales. Having joined the British Army as a Guardsman (No.25142616) with the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, he first saw active service when in Northern Ireland as part of Op Banner, during a tour which lasted from May to December 2003. During this tour the Welsh Guards operated out of Ebrington Barracks in Londonderry, this being their last tour of the province.
Jones then saw service with his battalion as part of the the 4th Armoured Brigade during its one and only tour of Iraq when a part of Operation Telic 5 during the period from September 2004 to March 2005, when it was stationed in Al Amarah. An image of him on this tour was subsequently published in a newspaper.
Having been promoted to Corporal and then to Lance Sergeant, Jones who apparently helped to co-ordinate the response for the 7th July 2005 London bombing attacks, was an Army boxing champion, and was present for the presentation of new colours to the battalion at Windsor Castle in May 2006. That same day he was one of the men who then had lunch with the Royal Family. In Jones own words: ‘Fourteen of us who got medals in Iraq had a lunch after with the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duke of York and Prince William.”
Jones’ however came to prominence later in May 2006 when he featured on the front page of The People on 21st May 2006 under the headline 'HARRY ARMY PAL IS A HOOKER' after an investigation. Printed on the front page, and with a full spread on pages 4 and 5, the sub header read: ‘Hookingham Palace - Security scandal of £200 a session male prostitute who guards the Queen’.
It appears Jones was offering his 'services' and could promise clients 'an unforgettable show' which included him performing in his Guards uniform. An undercover reporter contacted him to reveal the full extent and his relationship formed over computer games with Prince Harry.
An investigative female journalist posed as a potential client for Jones, he having been discovered on a website advertising himself as a prostitute whilst stating he was also a member of the armed forces. His ad read: “Got a fit bod. I promise you an unforgettable show - uniforms, toys, and any special requests considered. Email me for prices.”
The article further stated: ‘L/Sgt Jones, who has served in Iraq and Bosnia (an error) and has guarded the Royal Family for several years, offered unprotected sex, kinky sadism-and-masochism games and a range of perverted sex acts.’
The investigative journalist contacted him and after exchanging a series of explicit text messages, they met outside Buckingham Palace where ‘wearing a white track suit top and beanie hat, Jones pointed to the sentry posts where he often stands on duty and revealed Prince Harry had just arrived.’ He then took the girl across the road to Wellington Barracks and said airily “When I book you in you can say you’re Captain Scarlet or whatever.” The article further states: ‘After breezing past armed guards, they went up to Jones’s room on the fourth floor where our girl handed him four £50 notes. He had earlier texted that his price for two hours’ sex was £180. When she asked: “Do I get you in the uniforms? And the sex we talked about in the texts?” the kinky NCO replied “Yes.”
The journalist and Jones then went to another hotel where over drinks he talked of his service and on going up to her room. ‘Then the lewd lance sergeant went up to our girl’s room and changed into his red tunic. But as he advanced towards her, she made her excuses and told him to beat a retreat. Jones continued to text her and offered to get her a ticket for next month’s Queen’s Birthday Parade when the Welsh Guards will troop their new colours. He also offered to take her to the regimental dinner afterwards.’ As the news story was about to break the paper contacted Jones, who said “I’ve not done nothing really have I?” Then ‘later he sent a text to our investigator saying: “I got a little problem. Just had a nice reporter come round. See I knew it was dodgy when you left the hotel room. So I guess dinner off, eh?”
Despite the security risk and further attempts to stir trouble by the newspaper, Jones clearly remained in the service and having informed his commanding officers of what he had been doing, and then he had ‘embroidered stories to impress people’ will no doubt have received a firm 'dressing down' for his part in the scandal, and was clearly demoted to Guardsman once again. In addition his mother, a paramedic in Bargoed, said of him: “His girlfriend would go mental if she knew he was doing this.”
Jones then served in the final tour of Bosnia by the British Army, when Prince Charles joined the tour for its final days and handover. The 1st Battalion was present out there in Banja Luka for six months from October 2006 to March 2007. In this period they conducted presence patrols, but as the security force which was compatible with NATO, though being deployed under EUFOR - the European Union Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On his return home, Jones is believed to have been one of those who were presented with the European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal with ALTHEA Clasp by Adam Ingram, the then Armed Forces Minister. As mentioned towards the end of the tour, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall flew into Banja Luka, to present leeks, one of the national symbols of Wales, to the men of the Welsh Guards, when they marked St David’s Day with the battalion.
Jones was by then a qualified sniper, and as such was one of just 19 Welsh Guardsmen to serve attached to the Coldstream Guards in Helmand Province in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick 7 in the period from October 2007 to April 2008, when operating from Forward Operating Base Keenan. Images of Jones as a sniper during this tour are included. Jones, by then a Lance Corporal, was presented with his Operational Service Medal 2000 for Afghanistan on his return by Prince Charles, and a photograph of the investiture is included. That same day he attended an event at Clarence House, and was photographed in conversation with Prince Charles, the image of which was published on the front cover of the ‘Welsh Guards Regimental Magazine 2008’. The official website of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales also quoted Jones in the aftermath of the presentation: Lance Corporal Kieran Jones, 22, from Bargoed, near Caerphilly, was based at a military compound called Fob Keenan in southern Afghanistan. The soldier who works as a sniper also received his campaign medal from The Prince, said: “I was surprised by the conditions out there. I’d seen stuff on the news and was expecting a lot of fighting. When we got there were were doing a whole variety of things, not just tackling the Taliban but trying to help the locals and improve their conditions.”’ In all five men of the Welsh Guards who were attached to the Coldstream Guards were presented with their medals at Clarence House on 21st May 2008, ironically two years to the day since Jones’s appearance in the national press.
From a few surviving newspaper cuttings which are included and which mention the death of Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, it is safe to assume that Jones went on to see service during a second tour of Afghanistan, this time during the ill-fated Op Herrick 10 between April and October 2009 when in Helmand Province. Six members of the battalion were killed, among them a platoon commander, a company commander and the battalion commander. It was the first time since the Korean War that a single battalion had lost officers at these three key levels of leadership. The six-month tour was chronicled in the book Dead Men Risen; the Welsh Guards and the Defining Story of Britain's War in Afghanistan by Toby Harnden. Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe was killed following the detonation of an IED in Afghanistan under their BvS 10 Viking during Operation Panther's Claw. Lieutenant-Colonel Thorneloe was the highest ranking British Army officer killed since the Falklands War.