Courtesy of Ex Bootneck, we have this account of his time spent amongst various men with the last name Jones:
I was once part of a Royal Marine instruction team that assisted with training a Welsh Regiment, shaking them down for a deployment.
Within the Welsh Regiments it is not uncommon to hear a roster called out referring to ‘Private Jones’ in a numerical order i.e. Private Jones 1, Private Jones 2, Private Jones 3 etc… The Company I was attached to had ‘Jones 1’ through to ‘Jones 15’. Even the Corporals & Sergeants follow in the same fashion. (It is a Company Sergeant Major’s living nightmare conducting admin under such circumstances).
Falklands War. Imagine the look on my face upon coming across a group of Argentinean POW’s when one handed me his ID card with the name of ‘Glynn Jones’ printed across it. I then realised he was from Patagonian stock. Although he spoke Spanish as his first language, his second was that of Celtic Welsh. It was highly amusing to see one of my Marines (Taff Jones) speaking to him in Celtic Welsh tongue. Until a dozen or so piped up all at once, a gaggle of Welsh men in Celtic conversation is not a pleasurable experience.
Through an interpretive conversation, we determined that several of the ‘Argies’ families descended from the Rhonda Valley in Wales before emigrating to Patagonia, which was mind blowing; as they could well have been related distantly to Marine ‘Taff’ Jones! Viewing further ID cards provided more humour as the names were pure Welsh. They even had a passion for Welsh Rugby and could name the top players.
Jones is the most popular surname to be found in Wales and one of the world’s most famous surnames. As the Welsh have emigrated from Wales to places like England, the United States of America, South America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand it has spread over the years to be one of the most popular surnames in the Welsh and English speaking worlds. It is the fifth most popular surname in the United States and second most popular in Australia, New Zealand and on the island of Britain.
Joneseseseseseseses, they are a hard lot to keep up with. . .