No. 270 Private Llewellyn Jones
Llewellyn Jones enlisted on 6 July 1915 at the age of 21 years and 9 months. He spent one month training at 57 Coy Depot Seymour before joining the 29th Battalion on 13 August 1915.
Seymour Camp was used as a training, holding, isolation, and overflow camp during the build-up of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), and it appears that, in its role as an isolation camp, it was vital in stopping the spread of diseases such as viral Meningitis which was sweeping through camps like Broadmeadows in 1915.
The 29th Battalion was originally formed during the First World War, being raised in Victoria as part of the AIF on 10 August 1915. The Battalion undertook initial training at Seymour and then on 11 November 1915, the Battalion embarked upon the troopship HMAT Ascanius in Port Melbourne, disembarking at Port Suez, Egypt on 7 December 1915.
Llewellyn was transferred to the 5th Pioneer Battalion on 3 March 1916 at Tel el Kabir in Egypt.
The 5th Pioneers were established at Tel-el-Kebir in Egypt, and were subsequently assigned to the 5th Division. The Battalion was formed in the aftermath of the failed Gallipoli campaign when the AIF were expanded as part of plans to transfer it from the Middle East to Europe for service in the trenches along the Western Front.
In 19 June 1916, the Battalion was transported to Alexandria where they boarded the transport vessel Canada, bound for Europe. He disembarked at Marseilles on 25 June 1916.
From there the 5th Pioneers were transported overland by train to Hazebrouck, North France, where they moved into a camp around Bae St Maur. There they laid telephone cables and constructed railway lines, as part of their introduction to the front line. The battalion subsequently served with the 5th Division on the Western Front until the end of the war.
Llewellyn spent just under three years in Europe before returning to Australia on the MT Trosos Montes on 8 April 1919. He was discharged on 5 July 1919.
An article was published in The Werribee Shire Banner about troops leaving and returning to Werribee. The article, "Presentations to returned soldiers" listed a Private Llewellyn Jones of the 5th Pioneer Battalion A I.F. who served in Egypt and France.
Werribee Shire Banner, 11 December 1919, p.2.
There was a Llewellyn Jones on the 1921 Electoral Roll for Werribee in 1921, care of a Mrs Davis living on Watton Street, Werribee. His occupation at that time was listed as farmer.
There are too many Llewellyn Jones to be certain where he went to after being discharged and where he passed away.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914/15 Star Medal
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
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