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David Charles Jones


Jones, detail from 1965 school photo


My sketch of Jones, ca.1968
I have the impression of mornings in my first year at Fleetwood Grammar School, of a crowd of pupils waiting outside to be let in to start the day’s lessons. There are groups of boys and groups of girls standing together chattering; and there, standing or ambling slowly — apart, aloof — is a tall boy, who, I quickly get to know, is Jones.[more]

Jones, I would later know, had recently moved from Manchester, to live in a chalet-style bungalow in Victoria Road, Thornton.

"A chalet-style bungalow in Victoria Road, Thornton", photo taken 2003
This information was probably imparted when both of us were excused Games at school one afternoon, and were talking as we strolled together near the rugby-football pitch that the rest of the boys of our year were toiling on. That was perhaps the first time I had spoken to Jones.[more]

On another occasion — it was lunch-time — we were again strolling on the field. The day before, we had been talking about the space ships we each had in our fantasy-worlds, and at Jones’s request I brought a drawing of one of mine for him to look at. But after the merest glance at it, he shook his head disdainfully and affected a haughty laugh: “Ha– ha– ha– ha!” Though I was hurt by this reaction, that didn’t stop me from meeting with Jones on a number of occasions afterwards to play an ongoing game with him involving a merged version of our fantasies.[more]

The kind of space ships that Jones found so risible


The source of inspiration for my space ship[more]
At such times, when I arrived at Jones’s house to play, there would often be a boy already there, who happened to be “just about to go” as I came. This was Chris Woodhead. It almost seems as if Jones had a policy of keeping his friends apart — perhaps to avoid their getting to know each other and conspiring against him![more]

Although Chris and I passed on Jones’s doorstep, and although on one occasion Jones admitted Chris onto a session of our “game”[more] (this was a bad error of judgment on Jones’s part, for Chris just scoffed at the whole affair), I didn’t really get to know Chris till perhaps a year later. I knew that he lived in Ascot Road, Thornton; and one day I just decided to go round there and look him up.[more]

"I knew that he lived in Ascot Road, Thornton; and one day I just decided to go round there and look him up", photos taken 1979
I also met Peter Gooding through Jones.[more]

See also:
David Jones
“Little Peter”
Jones meets Gooding
New friendships: David Jones—Autumn Term 1961
Jones’s first visit to Chris’s house
Jones becomes Secretary of the Club
My friendship with David Jones
A walk with Jones
“You deserve a jolly good bonking!”
Jones’s reaction to the theme from “Out Of This World”
“My modesteh!”
Chris’s visits to Grimsby
“Chris was just leaving!”
Chris is admitted to “The Game”
Jones’s behaviour at a tea party
I meet Chris
I meet Peter Gooding
Chris meets Peter Gooding
The Saint
My expulsion from the EMB&H Club
Jones and Manchester
In and around Davelyshome
Chris hypnotises Jones
The Colonel C. Bear-Jones Incident
Some sayings of Mums
Mark of Mayfair Drive
“One day down to Budleigh…”
Trevor reappears on my scene
My dealings with Jones — a summary
Trevor and Jones
Gazzians, Marsatians and Harmonians
The Japanese War Atrocities Incident
The jammy letter
Jones first reveals the threat of the Middleton Empire
The Middleton Empire—fact or fiction?
Jones warns Potts about the Middleton Empire
“I’m very sorry, Chris, but what can I do?”
Jones sells the Club out to the Middleton Empire
Jones’s trial before the Disciplinary Court
The Middleton Empire spoof

The Apple Incident
David Charles Woodhead and David Charles Jones
“What did you say, Cooper?”
The summer holidays, 1964
Brian Hall meets David Jones
Towards the first kiss, par.1A and par.10
David Jones
David Jones and David Doyle
Saturday 1st January 1966
Wednesday 5th January 1966
Tuesday 22nd February 1966
Wednesday 23rd February 1966
Thursday 24th February 1966
Thursday 3rd March 1966
Sunday 13th March 1966
Thursday 31st March 1966
Monday 11th July 1966
Tuesday 12th July 1966
Wednesday 3rd August 1966
Thursday 4th August 1966


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