Gravenor, Henry George

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Bangor on Dee Memorial

Name / Enw: Gravenor, Henry George

Regiment/Catrawd: 348th M.T Coy Royal Army Service Corps

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: M/272702 (Private)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Bodenham Chapelyard, Herefordshire.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: UK

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: No medal card found

Date of Death: 23rd October 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

23rd October 1918 aged 28.

Henry George Gravenor first appeared on a census in 1891. He was living at Bodenham, Herefordshire with his family. The head of the household was Thomas Gravenor age 50 a **** carrier who had been born in Worcestershire. His wife was Elizabeth aged 55 born in Warmsley, Herefordshire.  Their children were  Peter 16, a groom at kennels, Katherine Florence 10, Bertha Louisa 5 and Henry George 10 months. Also there were Alice and Charles Henry Warwood – a married daughter and her husband.

In the next census of 1901 the head of the household was Elizabeth  Gravenor a 56 year old widow listed as a Carrier living on her ‘own account’. Bertha was 17, Henry was 10 and there was a grandaughter, Elsie E 5.

In 1911 Henry George Gravenor was 21 and listed as a servant – a domestic groom – at Delamere House Northwich. This was the home of Hugh Edward Wilbraham a gentleman who lived on his own means with his family and about 15 servants. Henry was listed as being born in Abergavenny, which was not true.

UK soldiers who died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry .co.uk confirms the regimental details above and adds that he enlisted in Wrexham and that he died at ‘home’.

Henry George Gravenor married Harriet L Pearson in 1918 at Headington Oxford.

Henry has an index card in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Archive Office in Hawarden. It confirms the regimental details above but adds an additional regimental number – 348- and tells the following sad tale. The address given was Church Avenue Bangor. It says he served from December 1916. He made many attempts to join but was rejected on medical grounds. Went to Grove Park, London and then to Salisbury Plain., then to Oxford. He died of double pneumonia at IIIrd Southern Military Hospital Oxford. His widow’s address was Porth y Gan, Wrexham.