Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Bangor on Dee Memorial
Name / Enw: Boffey, Edward
Regiment/Catrawd: 6th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (Formerly 5th Reserve Cavalry Reg -Dragoon Guards)
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 23146 (formerly 10526)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: New Irish Farm Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: II. B. 17
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium.
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals
Date of Death: 6th January 1916
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action 6th January 1916 (although his Flintshire index card says the 5th) aged 27.
Edward first appeared on a census in 1891. He was living with his family at Wettenhall in Cheshire. The head of the household was Benjamin Boffey. He was a 46 year old farmer who was an employer. His wife was Mary Boffey aged 38 who had been born in Beeston. Their children were Annie 17 and Francis 15 – both were dairymaids. John was 12, William 10, Henry 5 and Edward 2
The next decade saw big changes for this family. Benjamin seems to have left farming and become a publican. He became an innkeeper at The Red Lion in Bangor on Dee, Flintshire. Sadly however he died on 6th August 1899. It is ‘The England and Wales National Probate Calendar’ that gives us this information. It has the following entry;
Benjamin Boffey of The Red Lion Inn, Bangor Flintshire Innkeeper died 6th August 1899. Administration St Asaph 9th September to Mary Richardson Boffey widow. Effects £88
The next census of 1901 had the family living in Whitchurch Road Bangor, Flintshire. Mary R Boffey, widow, was head. She was descibed as a publican (worker). Francis was 23 and a confectioner’s assistant. John was a 22 year old farmer grazier. Edward was 12 and Herbert was 9.
So far it has proved difficult to locate the family in the 1911 census.
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 confirms the regimental details above and adds that he enlisted in Wrexham.
His index card in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Archive Office in Hawarden says that he served from September 1914 and that he went to France in July 1915. It says he was Killed in Action on 5 January 1916 at Ypres.