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JONES , ELIAS HENRY ( 1883 - 1942 ), administrator and author ;

b. at Aberystwyth 21 Sept. 1883 , eldest son of Sir Henry Jones ( DWB , 466) and Annie ( Walker ) . He was educated at Glasgow High School , Glasgow University , the University of Grenoble and Balliol College , Oxford , where he proceeded M.A. After being called to the Bar , he passed the Indian Civil Service administrative grade examinations , and in 1905 went to serve in Burma . He retired in 1922 as Financial Commissioner , settled in Bangor , north Wales , and for the next ten years was actively interested in the movement for international peace and in Welsh education. From 1927 to 1933 he was editor of The Welsh Outlook . In 1933 he was appointed registrar of the University College of North Wales , a post which he held until his death on 22 Dec. 1942 .

E.H. Jones is best known as the author of The Road to Endor , the classic account of a cunning escape in World War I . Jones joined the Indian Army as a private soldier and was commissioned just before he was taken prisoner by the Turks after the fall of Kut-el-Amara . He then survived a march of 700 miles to Yozgad , during which one in every seven of the prisoners died, and he was in captivity for three years before he and a comrade, feigning madness, were repatriated only a fortnight before the Armistice . The book was reprinted seventeen times and then ran into three editions.

He m. in 1913 Mair Olwen , the youngest daughter of Dr Griffith Evans of Brynkynallt , Bangor ( DWB , 235) .

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales (1937) ;
  • information received from Mrs. Jean Ware , daughter of E.H. Jones.

Author:

Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 2001