Arnold Jones south africa england    Olwen Jones Audrey Jones Arnold jones south africa

Some of the Jones family emigrated to South Africa before the Second World War. These pictures are of Arnold Spencer Jones on the left and the picture on the right shows his sister Olwen Spencer Jones and her daughter Audrey on June 28, 1942. A word or words 'Unit ali" appears with the date on the back of the photo. The family also lived in Bulawayo Rhodesia and Olwen was in the Rhodesian Air Force in some capacity. A very important letter is preserved which discusses the family in Africa, and mentions that a cousin "Davy" died in the war. The letter, sent to Elizabeth Griffith in Ilion New York before the US. was in the war, mentions that Hugh Griffith Sr. was "making military Guns" and that Elizabeth had Five cousins fighting in the War. Hugh was then employed by the Remington Arms company as a supervisor.  The return address is Dunnottar Sub Nigel near Johannesburg, which I believe is the Sub Nigel Gold mining company which has ceased operations in recent years. While the family was in mining, it is also possible that the address was a war time address only. It is also family lore that one of the Jones family was a professor at the university of Rhodesia. Unfortunately,  family photos of the Jones's hunting big game in Africa have dissappeared.

British West Africa coin    british west africa coin    

Front and back of a coin from British West Africa dated 1939 which was in the possession of Elizabeth Griffith.