Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1944, Lance Corporal Emrys Lloyd Jones, 5th Guards Armoured Brigade, the Welsh Guards, was killed in action near Caen in Normandy.
One of three sons of a Welsh-speaking family from Caernarfon, he was born in Liverpool where his father was working at the Albert Docks as a Trinity House pilot. (Trinity House is a charity dedicated to “the safety of shipping and the well-being of seafarers” since its foundation in the year 1514)
The brigade arrived in Normandy on the 30th of June in 1944, as part of Operation Overlord. From the 18th to the 20th of July, Operation Goodwood took place, being a British offensive and part of the battle for Caen in Normandy. The Guards suffered heavy losses, among their number was Lance Corporal Jones. He lies buried in the Ranville War Cemetery at Calvados in France, and is commemorated on the Caernarfon Cenotaph.
Emrys was 26 years old.