Gareth Jones

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Early on the morning of Friday 16th August 1935, the telephone rang in Gareth’s home at Eryl, Barry.  His father, Major Edgar Jones, answered the call from a Press Association reporter who told him that, according to a telegram from The Daily Telegraph special correspondent, his son had died. 

Friday 16th August – Glasgow Times (from Reuters): 

He [Major Jones] was almost too overcome to speak.  “Oh! How terrible”, he whispered after along pause.  “Thank you for letting me know.”  Then he went with heavy step to break the news to his wife.  Mrs Edgar Jones, who was stunned by the blow, was comforted by her two daughters, all of whom had waited so anxiously over the past few weeks.  Major Jones later told a reporter:  “It is a terrible business.  We were hoping against hope until the end”.


An unfortunate misunderstanding between two Chinese magistrates during a critical period may have had something to do with the tragedy.  While one of them was conducting the negotiations for handing over the ransom, the bandits moved into the jurisdiction of his neighbour.  The neighbour had not been warned of the negotiations and had sent troops to intercept the band.  This it was felt may have destroyed the bandit’s belief in the sincerity of the negotiations and may explain why the bandits never got the ransom money that had been sent. 

Saturday 17th August - Daily Mail: 

From information obtained locally, the militia believed that Mr Jones was shot by the bandits last Monday – eve of his thirtieth birthday. 

Saturday 17th August – Sheffield Independent: 

On the Wednesday 7th August, the Chahar Provincial Government had sent a messenger to maintain contact with the bandits, but he himself had been taken prisoner.  From that moment there was no news.  The Chinese authorities were

The Tragic End.

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