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William Jones Onions
Age: 20
Rank: Private
Regti. No.: 226022
1914-1915 Star Medal Ribbon Victory Medal Ribbon British War Medal Ribbon
Regiment: 1/1st (Rifle) Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment
Medals: 1914-1915 Star, Victory, British War

William Jones Onions, coal miner at Oakdale colliery, member of the Wesleyan Social Club, Pontllanfraith, second son of Richard and Gertrude Onions of Rhiw-Syr-Dafydd, served in the 1/1st (Rifle) Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment, and arrived in France in August 1915. In 1915 the battalion became the pioneer battalion for the 46th Division; in December the division was shipped to Egypt, but in January 1916 was returned to France. In late May 1917 the division was in the line in front of Lens, a small industrial and mining city occupied by the Germans with the front line passing through the western edge of the industrial area. Private W J Onions (226022) was killed in action on 26 May 1917, aged 20. He is buried in the Beehive Cemetery, Willerval, France.  He is commemorated also on the Battalion War Memorial in St Woolos Cathedral, Newport.

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