Toward the end of the Great War, he was in command of the S.S. Medora, when she was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland; this was another Canadian Pacific Railways ship. After the crew had taken to the lifeboats, the submarine surfaced, and in perfect English, the officer on its deck demanded that the captain, chief wireless officer and the chief gunner should be delivered to him. At first, they denied that they were aboard, but the German captain threatened to sink them on the spot if they were not delivered. Captain E. J. Jones stood up and identified himself, as he did not want to endanger the crew. The wireless operator followed suit and a brave second gunner grabbed the chief gunner’s hat and stood up, as he knew that the chief gunner was a married man with children. After being taken aboard the submarine, it commenced firing again, until the Medora sunk.