Alfred ‘Alf’ Jones was born in Wrexham, Denbighshire, North Wales, on 28th March 1879, the son of William and Mary Ellen Jones. On 10th May 1908, he married Eliza McGreevy at St. Bridget’s Church, Wavertree, Liverpool, Lancashire and they set up home at 3, Banner Street, Wavertree. They eventually had three children, Alice Nancy, who was born in May 1910, Alfred Glynne, born in January 1912 and Kenneth, born in November 1914.
Alfred Jones senior was a barman for a while before deciding to go to sea and on 12th April 1915, at Liverpool, he engaged as a night watchman in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania. His monthly wage was £4-5s-0d, (£4.25p.). He reported for duty five days later on the morning the vessel left Merseyside for the last time, but it was not his first voyage on the liner.
He was killed three weeks later on the afternoon of 7th May when she was torpedoed and sunk, six days out of New York on her return leg to Liverpool, by the German submarine
U-20. At that stage of her voyage she was only about 250 miles away from her home port.
As his body was not amongst those recovered and identified afterwards, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 36 years, although he gave his age on engagement as 33.
In August 1915, he was officially discharged from the last voyage of the Lusitania
and his widow, Eliza, was paid the balance of wages owed to him, in respect of his service on board the
Lusitania from 17th April 1915, until 8th May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down! In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her a yearly pension to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £64-5s-9d. (£64.28p.) which was payable at the rate of £5-7s-2d. (£5.36p.) per month.
By the time that the Tower Hill Memorial register had been compiled in 1928, Eliza Jones had moved to 17, Bartlett Street, Wavertree, Liverpool 15. She died on 10th May 1955, almost exactly 40 years after her husband, aged 78 years.
1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.