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Corporal Jones 1753
Aug 18, '21

Corporal Jones 1753

Corporal Jones

The drawing of a corporal of the 13th Foot is named as Corporal Jones and signed WB 1753. It was made by Captain William Baillie whilst on recruiting service in Birmingham, so should show the uniform very accurately. Morier's painting of the grenadier of the 13th Foot 1751 has his coat buttoned across with only the top of the lapels folded back, and the waist-belt consequently worn over the coat, but Baillie's drawing shows the coat open, and the waist-belt under the coat. Morier shows the lace-loops formed with pointed ends but the loops on the corporal's coat are formed with square ends. The narrow lace on the waistcoat forms a ladder pattern down the front and does not have the zigzag design.

The ammunition for his musket is kept in a black leather pouch behind his right hip. There is no pouch on the front of the waist-belt as in the painting of the grenadier. Other differences include the lack of a match-case on his shoulder-belt, a single-bar hilt to his sword, and a tricorn hat. This last item is worn tilted to the right and has the central corner off-centre. There is a black cockade just visible on the top left side. The rank of corporal was indicated by a knot of regimental lace hanging at the back of the right shoulder.

This particular picture of Corporal Jones was taken from the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research Vol XVII no.68 published in Winter 1938. The author of the accompanying text, The Rev Percy Sumner, says that the original watercolour is 'Among the exhibits in the Regimental Museum of the Somerset Light Infantry at Taunton'. He says that Baillie made three drawings, two of which he made into etchings, but this one of Corporal Jones facing the front was not made into a print. Copies of the etchings are to be found in the Print Room of the British Museum.


Frequency and Resonance

Our own “Corporal Jones” Clive Dunn from

Dad’s Army. My Dad said, “although it was in jest sadly it was true! Britain 1940 - Old men and boys against the might of Adolph Hitler’s war machine.

My own Granddad served in the Home Guard 1939-45 in Ripley, Surrey near Woking and Guildford.

Clive Dunn

Clive Robert Benjamin Dunn OBE (9 January 1920 – 6 November 2012) was an English actor, comedian, artist, author, and singer. He is best known for his role as the elderly Lance Corporal Jones in the hugely popular BBC sitcom Dad's Army, which ran for 9 series and 80 episodes between 1968 and 1977.

Beginning in the 1930s his acting career was interrupted by the Second World War, where he served as a trooper in the 4th Queen's Own Hussars.[3] In 1941 the regiment was forced to surrender after it was overrun and Dunn was held as a POW in Austria for the next four years.

After the war, Dunn resumed his acting career in repertory theatre. He made his first television appearance in 1951 as the man in the pub in Surprise Attack, a short film commissioned by the Ministry of Health. Dunn appeared in both series of The Tony Hancock Show and made many appearances with Tony Hancock, Michael Bentine, Dora Bryan and D ick Emery, among others, before winning the role of Jones in Dad's Army in 1968.

After Dad's Army ended, Dunn capitalised on his skill in playing elderly character roles by playing the lead character Charlie Quick, in the slapstick children's TV series Grandad, from 1979 to 1984.

Dunn died in Portugal, where he had settled in the region of Algarve, on 6 November 2012 as a result of complications from an operation that had taken place earlier that week.

Boots the Chemist

I worked part time at the Ramsgate Branch of Boots for 4 years starting at 15. Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier used to come into the shop regularly.

Arthur Lowe (22 September 1915 – 15 April 1982) was an English actor. His acting career spanned nearly 40 years, including starring roles in numerous theatre and television productions. He played Captain Mainwaring in the British sitcom Dad's Army from 1968 until 1977, was nominated for seven BAFTAs and became one of the most recognised faces on television.

John Le Mesurier (born John Elton Le Mesurier Halliley; 5 April 1912 – 15 November 1983) was an English actor. He is perhaps best remembered for his comedic role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson in the BBC television situation comedy Dad's Army (1968–1977). A self-confessed "jobbing actor", Le Mesurier appeared in more than 120 films across a range of genres, normally in smaller supporting parts.


Towards the end of his life Le Mesurier wrote his autobiography, A Jobbing Actor; the book was published in 1984, after his death. Le Mesurier's health visibly declined from July 1983 when he was hospitalised for a short time after suffering a haemorrhage. When the condition recurred later in the year he was taken to Ramsgate Hospital; after saying to his wife, "It's all been rather lovely", he slipped into a coma and died on 15 November 1983, aged 71. His remains were cremated, and the ashes buried at the Church of St. George the Martyr, Church Hill, Ramsgate. His epitaph reads: "Much loved actor. Resting." His self-penned death notice in The Times of 16 November 1983 stated that he had "conked out" and that he "sadly misses family and friends".

And his wife....

Born in Sandgate, Folkestone.

I went St. George’s C. of E.School for Boys’ Ramsgate (1965-71) opposite the Church and my Dad past away in Ramsgate Hospital January 1976. He always like Le Mesurier character as Sergeant Wilson and I can see now why because it was very much like himself.

John Charles Baillie / John Le Mesurier

John Charles Baillie / Ian Charles Baillie


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