BORN in Heswall on September 14 1947, Christopher David Jones was the son of David Jones and Joan Margaret Jones née Gittens.

He attended Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, where he graduated in 1969.

On August 25 1970, Christopher married Susan Bentley in Birkenhead and they had two daughters Sarah and Lucy. The family went on to live in Huntington, New York.

Christopher became a partner in the American financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald and died, aged 53 years, on September 11 2001 in their offices that were located on the 101st to 105th Floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Tragically, the firms offices were two to six floors above the impact zone of the hijacked airliner and since all stairwells leading past the area were destroyed by the initial crash or blocked with smoke, fire, or debris, every employee who reported for work that morning were unable to escape and were killed.

Overall Cantor Fitzgerald list 658 of its 960 New York employees or 68.5 per cent of its total workforce, which was considerably more than any of the other World Trade Center tenants, the Police Department, the Port Authority Police Department, the Fire Department, or the Department of Defense.

The firm's CEO, Howard Lutnick, was not present because he was taking his son to his first day of kindergarten, but his younger brother, Gary, was among those killed. Lutnick vowed to keep the company alive, and the company was able to bring its trading markets back online within a week.

On September 19, the firm made a pledge to distribute 25 per cent of the firm's profits for the next five years, and it committed to paying for ten years of health care for the benefit of the families of its 658 former employees.

By 2006, the company had completed its promise, having paid a total of $180m along with an additional $17m from a relief fund run by Lutnick's sister, Edie.

Christopher was one of 67 UK nationals to die in the September 11 attacks and he was remembered at a Memorial Service held at the Old First Presbyterian Church, in Huntington on October 27 2001.