Date: 25 Dec 1917
Harold Jones was found fatally injured on Christmas night.
He had been a lieutenant in the Royal Defence Corps in Prestwich, Manchester.
He was found unconscious shortly before midnight on Christmas day and later died in hospital about noon the following day.
Foul play was suspected.
The back of his head was battered in as if with some heavy blunt weapon and his jaw was broken.
He had spent the day with friends in Rawden Place, and had later gone down to the docks with a son of his host who had then parted with him about half an hour before he was found.
After he parted with the friend he was said to have got into an argument with a soldier. A witness said that Harold Jones had demanded to see the soldiers pass. The witness said that the soldier resented the way that that he had been asked and that the soldier told Harold Jones that he was on leave from France. They were then said to have got to blows. The witness said that he did his best to separate them and that Harold Jones then fell and the soldier ran off.
Police were unable to identify who the soldier was although they said that he did leave behind a part of his equipment that was thought would have his regimental number on it. A similar part of Harold Jones's uniform was also missing and the police were searching the Glamorganshire Canal for either or both of the articles. It was said that that item would have been the only clue as to the identity of the soldier.
see Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 22 January 1918
see Manchester Evening News - Thursday 27 December 1917