Robert Clifford Jones was born in 1890 and joined the 7th Hussars at Norwich in 1906.

He served with the Regiment for the next 10 years, and was, in 1916, Machine Gun Corporal of ‘A’ Squadron then commanded by Capt TA Thornton, with whom he had been on the square as a recruit.

When the Regiment went to Mesopotamia in the following year, Jones was posted to the Machine Gun School, Abbottabad, as an instructor, and was commissioned into the Machine Gun Corps a year later.

He returned to the Regiment in 1920, and soon afterwards became Quartermaster on the death of his predecessor. This appointment he held for 14 years, serving in Mhow, Edinburgh, Tidworth, Colchester, Aldershot and Hounslow.

In 1934 he left, with the rank of Major, and became Adjutant and Quartermaster of the Royal Military School of Music, and was promoted to Lt Col in 1939.

During the late war he became Camp Commandant, Headquarters, 21st Army Group, and for his services was twice Mentioned in Dispatches, and awarded the O.B.E.

He retired in 1946 with the rank of Colonel, and lived, first of all in London, and later in Brighton, where he died suddenly in September 1961.

Bobby Jones had a brilliant career, He was an exceptional Quartermaster, the most loyal of 7th Hussars, and was liked and respected by everyone who knew him. He was a man of great ability and complete integrity, and his sound advice, and genius for administration, were of immense value to a succession of Commanding Officers.

Throughout his service, his life was given to the Regiment, and he continued to attend all functions up to the time of his death.

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