JONES, Douglas Doyle

1886 - 1980

Douglas Doyle Jones, was born at Colchester, Essex on 3 December 1886, fourth child of Henry William Jones, a solicitor, and his wife Millicent Florence née Doyle, who married at Hendon, London in 1879. In 1891, a 4 year old, living at Plum Hall, 48 Mersea Road, Colchester with his parents, 39 year old Henry, born Colchester, and 32 year old Millicent, born in London, and three siblings Edith Jane 10, Vera Christina 8 and Cyril T 6. Educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge and in 1911, a 24 year old barrister-at-law, living at the Inner Temple, 7 King's Bench Walk, London. As a solicitor, he was visiting clients near Gotha at the outbreak of the First World War and was imprisoned in the hastily constructed civilian concentration camp at Ruhleben racecourse by Spandau, near Berlin, Germany until 1918. He married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1919, Vivian Massie Gribble [Jones q.v.]. In 1926 they moved to Valley Farm, Higham near Hadleigh, Suffolk. Doyle Jones gave up working as a barrister to look after his estate and was responsible for establishing much of the woodland around his property. In 1935 he planted the Jubilee Wood to celebrate King George Vís Silver Jubilee and in 1939 Douglas was a widower still living at Valley Farm, but most of the Jubilee Wood was destroyed in the gales of 1987. Douglas also dabbled in painting and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1939-1944 but had exhibited from Valley Farm, Higham in 1936 'Iken', in 1937 'Wissington' and in 1938 'Cart Shed at Wissington' all oils. He died at Valley Farm, Higham on 10 November 1980. The Liddle Collection at Leeds University holds various items relating to his stay at Ruhleben (RUH 27) which include a hand-painted Christmas card from 1918, 20 chalk drawings, sketches, watercolours and oil paintings between 1917 and 1918, a hand-painted illustrated book 'An Anthology of English Verse' from 1918.