The story of BGS Old Boy Oscar Harold Jones '11 was recognised during a memorial ceremony in England last month, with Governor Paul de Jersey honouring the fallen World War I soldier.
During the war, Australian expatriates Charles and Letitia Billyard Leake offered their manor house, Harefield Park, as a hospital to the Australian Ministry of Defence. As part of his visit to the memorial at Harefield House, about 32km north-west of London, Governor de Jersey placed Queensland flags at the graves of Private Oscar Jones, along with his fellow Queenslander, Gunner William Lingley from Muckadilla.
Born in Oxley, Jones studied at BGS and joined the staff of the Railway Department before enlisting in 1915. He served in Egypt and France – where he was gassed in 1917.
In 1918 he was admitted to London General Hospital suffering from nephritis - inflammation of the kidneys. He was transferred to the 1st Auxiliary Hospital in Harefield, where he died on 23 June 1918. He was laid to rest in the churchyard at St Mary's with full military honours.
Gunner Lingley survived the war, but died during the influenza epidemic that swept through Europe in 1918.
"Theirs are vitally important stories to tell, especially as our nation and State continues to commemorate in 2017 and 2018 significant centenaries of WWI events," Governor de Jersey said.
Thanks to the Office of the Governor of Queensland for this story and photo.