Richard was born in Kerry in 1884, the only son of Isaac and Mary Jones who also had four daughters. His father was the Main Inspector of Roads, and in 1901, Richard was living at home with his parents at 8, Princes Street, Montgomery, and working as a Grocers Assistant. By 1911, he was living independently at 35, Broadway, Shifnal, and working as a Grocer’s Van Driver. Vehicle driving was quite a rare but rapidly growing, occupation; in 1901 only 623 drivers were registered, but by 1911, there were 45,945 people described as drivers in the Census. The picture shows a delivery van of the period, and an example of the type of vehicle Richard may have driven.
Private Richard Jones was killed in action on the 1st December 1917, and is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverat, which commemorates more than 7,000 servicemen of the United Kingdom and South Africa who died in the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917 and whose graves are not known.