Thomas Jones VC, DCM, 1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment

Neil Thornton

Even by Victoria Cross standards the exploits of Thomas Jones, V.C., D.C.M., known as ‘Todger', are exceptional. In his mid-30s, and vastly experienced, he never rose above the rank of private despite showing exceptional leadership. This book explores his life in detail, including the single-handed capture of over 100 enemy soldiers on the Somme.
Date Published :
March 2021
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
65 black and white
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781557877
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Even by Victoria Cross standards, the exploits of Thomas ‘Todger’ Jones V.C., D.C.M., of the 1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment, are truly extraordinary. It was a miracle that he survived the act for which he was awarded his V.C., but remarkably, after going ‘over the top’ by himself, he defeated the odds and secured what is believed to be the most prisoners ever captured by a single individual in the entire war. ‘Todger’, as he was affectionately known, served as a private soldier for the duration of the conflict, but in that time he displayed outstanding levels of gallantry and leadership, far in excess of his rank. A quiet man unassuming man in peacetime, Todger was a force to reckon with when in battle. This book chronicles his life with an added emphasis on his wartime service in the trenches of France and Flanders. Todger was born and bred in Runcorn, Cheshire. In 2014 his commemorative statue was unveiled opposite the town’s cenotaph. This book also features never seen before photographs of the statue being made.

About The Author

Through his research, Neil Thornton has contributed to various military publications. He has written articles on a diverse range of British military history and holds workshops for schools, historical groups and the Armed Forces. Neil also involves himself in a variety of military projects. He was born in 1979 and lives in Runcorn, Cheshire with his wife and daughter. He works in the chemical industry.


Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Pre-War; 2 The World Goes to War; 3 Hill 60: ‘One of my Hottest Trials’; 4 A Bombing Attack; 5 The Somme; 6 ‘I Laughed like Blazes’; 7 Heartiest Congratulations; 8 The Closest of Friends; 9 ‘How the Dickens did you do it Jones’?; 10 The Engagements Continue; 11 Back to the Front; 12 Return to Blighty; 13 Post War; 14 Family and Personal Life; 15 A Character Assessment; 16 Remembrance; 17 In His Own Words; Appendix I: Hugh Colvin VC; Appendix II: Todger’s Siblings; Appendix III: Todger’s Funeral; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.

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