Mr Harry Owen G. Jones (Roast Cook) was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England in the closing months of 1875.
He was the son of John Charles Jones (b. 1842), a commission agent and native of Fareham who was of Welsh ancestry, and Rose Smith (b. 1847), a native of Wickham, Hampshire. The couple had married in 1867, producing five children, with Harry being one of only two surviving.
Harry's known siblings were: David Llewelyn (b. 1869), Percy John (b. 1871) and Edith Mary (b. 1872). His mother died around 1877 and his father apparently never remarried.
Harry, his brother David and sister Edith are shown on the 1881 census as visitors to the home of his widowed paternal grandfather, David Jones (b. 1802), 3 Belle Vue Terrace, Forton Road, Alverstoke. The 1891 census shows Harry and his father residing at the home of Harry's parternal aunt Mary Penny and her family, 486 Grafton Road, Portsea. His father is now described as a merchant and Harry as a grocer's apprentice.
When Harry went to sea is not certain and he would not be listed on the 1901 or 1911 censuses. His father appears on the latter record living as a lodger at 10 Regent Street, Southampton, now describing himself as a widowed sheriff and bailiff. What became of him is not known.
Harry was married at the beginning of 1912 to Florence Kate White (b. 1883), a native of Alresford, Hampshire. It is presumed that the couple lived in Alresford but this is not certain.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Jones gave his age as 29 and local address as 10 Regent Street, Southampton. His last ship had been the Olympic and as roast cook he received monthly wages of £6, 10s.
Jones died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
Jones was one of the crew on the Olympic when she was struck by the Hawke. On every subsequent sailing he would tell his friends at home that his ship would "turn turtle."
Jones was in the American Navy during the time of the war with the Spaniards and held the Santiago medal; he also held an award for another naval engagement with the Spaniards. He afterwards entered the service of the White Star Line having held berths on the Adriatic and Olympic as well as the St Paul and others. Hampshire Observer County And Local Newspaper and General Advertiser, 20 April 1912
Harry's widow Florence had been pregnant at the time of the disaster and gave birth to a son before the close of the year on 5 October, Arthur Owen. Florence never remarried and later settled in Winchester where she died in 1956. His son Arthur later married and raised a family, living in Winchester where he died in 1977.
Dr Paul Lee
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