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Death on the Canal - 1906, Ernest Jones

Death on the (Mon & Brec) Canal

I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and present to you my justification for not being a fan of walking along the canal on dark and lonely nights...

For more canal deaths, check out the master post.


The Pontypool Messenger of November 10th 1906 reported that three and a half year old Enerst Charles Jones had lost his life in the canal.

Pontypool Messenger 10/11/1906

Ernest Charles was born in 1903 to Robert Jones and his wife. This is possibly a record of Ernest completing a few months at St Dials Infant School, which would make his birth date 23rd June 1903. This Ernest was admitted to the school on 30/05/1906 and stayed until 13/08/1906 when he, along with a group of other children, were taken off the roll on account of their being too young for school.

Either way, by November 1906 the Jones' were living at 2 Tycoch Row in Cwmbran. On Monday 5th November Ernest was playing on the canal bank with another child named Smith - Ernest's mother watched helplessly as they both fell into the water. Her screams alerted John Bond, a grocer, who immediately jumped into the water and dragged Smith out. It was only then that he realised there was another boy in the canal. He went back in and brought Ernest to the bank but, though Dr Murphy was sent for, Ernest died a few minutes later.

The inquest was held on the afternoon of Tuesday 6th November, presided over by the coroner Mr M. Roberts-Jones. The jury returned a verdict of 'accidental drowning'.

Cardiff Times 10/11/1906 Cardiff Times 10/11/1906

Ernest Charles was buried on November 10th.

Ernerst Charles Jones Burial Record

The sheer number of Jones in the area have so far hampered my attempts to track the family any further...

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