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Jones, Sydney Charles

Date of birth:
November 25th, 1902 (France)
Date of death:
September 6th, 1944 (KZ Mauthausen)
Buried on:
Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial (Memorial to the Missing)
Service number:
125265
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Born in France, Sydney Jones worked there as Elizabeth Arden’s representative before the war.
During WW2 he became the organiser for the Inventor and Donkeyman circuits.
He was executed at Mauthausen in September 1944.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
F Section, Special Operations Executive (SOE), British Government
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1945
Citation:
"This officer was landed in FRANCE by sea in September 1942 to organise a Resistance group in the MARSEILLE area. Having formed a number of sabotage teams, He orgnised attacks on railways and sabotage of the port installations of MARSEILLE. Fifty goods wagons destined for GERMANY were destroyed in November 1942.
After a visit to ENGLAND early in 1943, JONES was sent back to FRANCE by aircraft in May as organiser in the TROYES-NANCY area.
He organised several acts of sabotage against locomotives in this region in June and July, and planned an attack against the VITRY power station. In November 1943 he was arrested by the Gestapo.
This officer's courage and devotion to duty were outstanding, and he proved himself an able and efficient organiser. It is strongly recommended that he be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division).
Since this citation was prepared it has been learned that JONES was excecuted at MAUTHAUSEN in September 1944."
Signed: Colin Gubbins, Major-General. 23.8.45.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Citation:
"This officer volunteered for special missions in occupied territory and landed on the Mediterranean coast in September 1942 after making the voyage by Felouca from Gibraltar. He immediately contacted friends in MARSEILLE, enabling him to organise important sabotage groups in record time who rendered considerable services during D-Day. In October and November 1942 he himself participated in numerous actions, destructing enemy equipment/machines, in particular the 50 wagons with goods leaving for Germany and works of art at the section of the port of Marseilles reserved for Germans. Once returned to the UK he immediately volunteered for a new mission and was dropped in the TROYES region in May 1943 to co-operate in organising a sabotage circuit. Although that region was particulary controlled by the enemy they managed to establish several groupes who attacked, in particular, in September 1943 the VITRY power plant, followed by the destruction of the shiplock of Frouard causing the immobilisation of 50 barges.
He was searched actively by the Gestapo, arrested in November 1943 and deported to Germany.
His courage and exemplary energy payed constantly tribute to him. Captain JONES was a vivid symbol of the Franco-Britain friendship."

Paris 16 January, 1946
Signed: de GAULLE

Officier britannique volontaire pour des missions spécialed en territoire occupé, débarque sure la cote méditeranéenne en septembre 1942 après avoir fait le voyage de Gibraltar en Felouque. Contacta immédiament des amis à MARSEILLE et put organiser dans un temps record des groupes importants de sabotage qui rendirent des services appéciables lors du débarquement, participa lui-même en octobre et novembre 1942 à de nombreuses destructions de matériel ennemi, notamment à cell de 50 wagons merchandises en partance pour l'Allemagne et de divers ouvrages d'art dans la partie du port de Marseille réservée aux Allemands. Revenu en Angleterre, fut immédiatement volontaire pour effectuer une autre mission et fut déposé dans la region de TROYES en mai 1943 pour coopérer à l'organisation d'un réseau de sabotage. Bien que la région fut particulièrement controlée par l'ennemi, parvint à mettre sur pied de nombreuses équipes qui s'attaquèrent notamment, en septembre 1943 à la centrale de VITRY, puis en novembre détruisirent l''ecluse de Frouard provoquent l'immobilisation de 50 péniches, Activement recherché par la Gestapo, fut arreté en novembre 1943 et déporte en Allemagne. D'un courage et dúne activité exemplaires, payant constament de sa personne le Captitaine JONES a fait un vivant symbole de l'amitié Franco_Britanique."

Paris, le 16 janvier 1946
Signe: de GAULLE

With Palm
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)

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