South Africa Boer War Officer’s pair awarded to Captain F.W. Jones, South African Mounted Irregular Forces, formerly a Captain with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and a Lieutenant with the 4th Militia Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. The son of a well known operatic and concert bass-baritone, he was born illegitimately, the son of the singer, Henry Whitworth Jones. Commissioned into the Militia in 1888, he than transferred to the Regular’s in 1889. With the Boer War he volunteered for service as a Lieutenant later Captain with the South African Mounted Irregular Forces, a wartime raised unit which encompassed soldiers from many different walks of life and from across the Empire, and as such was present on operations in the Cape Colony during 1900 to 1902.
Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 1 Clasp: Cape Colony; (CAPT: F.W. JONES. S.A.M.I.F.); King’s South Africa Medal 1902-1902, 2 Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (CAPT: W.F. JONES. S.A.M.I.F.), mounted swing style for wear.
Frederic Whitworth Jones, who later hyphenated his surname to Whitworth-Jones, was born in 9th October 1867 in London, the illegitimate son of Henry Whitworth Jones and Maria Page, though his birth would later be legitimised when his parents married in 1868. His father (1817-1891) was a then well known operatic and concert bass-baritone, who performed under the name of Henry Whitworth, and sang in Italy and Brazil until his retirement as a professional singer in 1855, after which he continued as an amateur, often for charitable purposes. A member of the Garrick Club, he was acquainted with the author, Charles Dickens. As of 1871 he was living in Brighton, Sussex. Jones was commissioned into the British Army Militia as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 4th Militia Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry on 28th January 1888. Having been promoted to Lieutenant, he then took a Regular Army Commission on being appointed a 2nd Lieutenant with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on 21st December 1889. As of 1891 he was a Lieutenant, his home address being given as Marylebone, London, and he was ultimately promoted to Captain before relinquishing his commission. Jones volunteered for service during the Boer War in South Africa as a Lieutenant later Captain with the South African Mounted Irregular Forces, a wartime raised unit which encompassed soldiers from many different walks of life and from across the Empire. As such he saw service on operations between 1900 and 1902 in the Cape Colony. In 1905 his mother died, at which time Jones is shown as living in London at Brook House, Pulham Street. Having already been married one, he married secondly, Alice Armytage, daughter of Colonel Henry Armytage and The Honourable Fenella FitzHardinge Berkeley on 17th July 1907. Jones died at The Hatch, Seend, Wiltshire, on 27th June 1935. Nearly extremely fine