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Adam and Al - Family History

"Very proud family the Jones are, and always wanted to serve."

Ottawa, Ontario

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  1. A family history

Joined

Enlisted in Ottawa, ON in 2012.

Trade

Gunner

Postings

  • Uplands
  • Meaford
  • Petawawa
  • JPSU-O
Transcript: Adam & Al - Family history

Al: I’m sixth-generation Canadian, last name Jones. We’re empire loyalists, came to Canada up through the States back in the early 1700s. We were given tracks of land in Nova Scotia for serving with the British to help fight the Americans. We’ve settled, my father who was from Nova Scotia, came to Ontario where he met my mother, but the majority of the families still have their roots, deep roots in Nova Scotia.

Adam: … It’s been a military family since 1777 and that generation has continued through every generation until the present day.

Adam: My service was the result of my family legacy. I had seen that my great-great grandfather had fought in Vimy along with his son and both were wounded in the First World War My grandfather had served and my great-grandfather had served as well. I was very motivated to do my part for the country.

Al: Very proud family the Jones are, and always wanted to serve. My great-grandfather served at Vimy Ridge and fought at Passchendaele. He was one of the first Blacks that were seen as a tall enough man to be engaged in combat. Typically, the Blacks were engineers, the clear force but Jeremiah Jones was a strapping 6-foot-something gentleman from Nova Scotia …

Al: He was 58, lied to be younger so that he could fight in World War I. While he was there he captured machine guns nests at Vimy Ridge [unintelligible] on a single-handedly.

Al: … He was recommended for a medal at the time, but Canada being what it was, Blacks weren’t recognized for their service and that didn’t happen. It wasn’t until probably I’m going to say early 2000s that the government of Canada acknowledged the commitment that my great-grandfather had done and gave his award to the family.

Adam: Given my family’s history, it was very devastating for me to leave the Canadian Armed Forces. I had expected to be a long service professional like previous members of my family … to do my 25 years as a combat arms soldier.

Adam: … For me I had accepted that my identity was as a soldier, not only as a member of a military family, but also my personal identity after beginning my career.

Al: Our family really does have strong roots in serving, and serving community and being engaged in the fabric of the Canadian landscape.

A family history

Adam Jones says military service runs in his blood ... in a sense, you could say it's in his DNA. Adam is a direct descendant of Jeramiah Jones, a Black Canadian soldier who served during the First World War.

Jeramiah Jones enlisted with the 106th Battalion in 1916. He was recommended for a Distinguished Conduct Medal by his commanding officer for his heroic actions during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It would take more than 60 years before Jeremiah Jones would finally be awarded a Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service.

In 2016, descendants of Jeremiah Jones were presented with an honourary plaque by Parks Canada, and Jones' picture and story were a part of a special exhibit at the Halifax Citadel. On 11 November 2017, Bombardier (Retired) Adam Jones laid a wreath in honour of his great-great-grandfather at the National Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.

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