Alan Jones
1944 - 2011


Alan Jones was born in 1944 in Bilston, in the Black Country. One of a family of six he grew up on the Home Front towards fake watches the end of the Second World War and had experience of air-raid shelters, (the family's shelter remained at the bottom of the garden for sometime, until it became the shed), rationing, bomb sites and, after the conflict, austerity. In 1961 Alan joined the still relatively new NHS as a laboratory technician and, over swiss replica watches the years, rose through the junior and senior grades until he became Microbiology Laboratory Manager at Sandwell General Hospital (formerly ‘The Hallam’).  In 1966 he married Ann, a pharmacy technician, and they had two children Andrew and Debra, and four grandchildren.  Alan retired in 2004. Ann later became a School Librarian and as part of her job researched information for school trips to the battlefields of the Western Front. Accompanying the trips as a helper, Ann became an enthusiastic visitor to the Great War landscapes of Belgium and France. Alan and replica watch she started making their own trips to the continent without the distraction of a school party accompaniment. During these visits Alan and Ann discovered the hamlet of Dikkebus just the west of Ypres, with the Camalou Bed & Breakfast and battlefield tours run by Annette and Christian.  The Web Editor made several visits with Alan and Ann to Camalou and explored the surrounding Western Front, sometimes with Annette as a guide, sometimes on their own. The last of these was in September 2011, when the Western Front fighting career of a Black County Soldier, Joseph Nicholls, was followed by visiting the various sites of actions in which Nicholls, a regular in the Worcestershire Regiment, took part. Not long after after returning from this trip, following an injury sustained during a mountaineering expedition to North Wales, Alan fell ill and, after a short illness, died in December 2011. Alan was a great enthusiast of everything he took an interest in; and is, and will remain, greatly missed.  This web site is dedicated to his memory.