b. 14/05/1940 Putney, London. d. 28/05/1982 Goose Green, Falklands.
Jones was born in Putney the eldest of three sons of Herbert Jones (1888–1957), an American artist, and his Welsh wife, Olwen Pritchard (1902–1990), a nurse. He attended St Peter's Preparatory School in Seaford, Sussex and Eton College. He joined the British Army on leaving school and on graduation from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst on 23 July 1960, was commissioned into the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment as a second lieutenant. He was promoted to lieutenant on 23 January 1962, captain on 23 July 1966, and major on 31 December 1972, At this time he was brigade major at HQ 3rd Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland. As such he was responsible for the efforts to find Captain Robert Nairac who had been abducted by the Provisional IRA. Nairac and Jones had become friends and would sometimes go to the Jones household for supper. After a four day search, the Garda Síochána confirmed that Nairac had been shot and killed in the Republic of Ireland after being smuggled over the border. On 13 December 1977 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services in Northern Ireland that year. On 30 June 1979 he was promoted lieutenant-colonel, and on 1 December 1979, he was transferred to the Parachute Regiment. In the 1981 New Year Honours he was promoted to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
During the Falklands War he was in command of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA). During an attack against entrenched Argentinian positions, with his unit pinned down by heavy fire, he led a charge against the nearest position. He was killed while doing so but the Argentinian unit surrendered shortly afterwards. For his actions he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM, CHELSEA.
BURIAL PLACE: BLUE BEACH CEMETERY, PORT SAN CARLOS, FALKLAND ISLANDS.
Herbert "H" Jones' medals at the National Army Museum
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
2 Para Memorial, Goose Green, Falkland Islands
National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas
Darwin Memorial on the spot, "H" Jones fell
Aldershot Military Cemetery, Aldershot
Kingswear, South Devon
The Colonel "H" Pub, Lowestoft
Eton College Memorial
Kingswear Church (Steve Lee)
Kingswear Ferry Landing (Steve Lee)
The Keep Museum, Dorchester (Terry Hissey)