Roger Fenwick appeared on the 1901 census living with his family at Plas Fron Hall, Pickhill near Wrexham. The head of the household was George Fenwick 47, who was an army officer. His wife, Mary was 38. Their listed children were Violet 12, Roderick 9 and Roger 3. There were six resident servants listed.
The 1911 census records the family still living at Plas Fron Hall. Widow, Mary Adela Fenwick 48, was head of the household.. Violet Eva Fenwick was recorded as her stepdaughter. Roderick George Fenwick was 19 and a student. Roger 13 was away at school. There were eight servants ( Nurse domestic, Lady’s maid, Parlour maid, Housemaid, Laundry maid, Cook, Kitchen Maid and Stable Helper.
In 1911 Roger Fenwick 13, was at a school in Banbury Road, Oxford. The headmaster of the school was Rev Chas J Burrough. There was another Flintshire boy listed at the school, one William Gladstone aged 12years.
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. This source tells us he was ‘killed in action’.
There is a special memorial plaque dedicated to Roger Fenwick, inside the Church (St Dunawd) at Bangor on Dee. The inscription says
To the Glory of God
And in Proud and loving memory of
Roger Mansell William Fenwick 1st Lifeguards.
Youngest son of late
Cpt George Fenwick 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers
And Mrs Fenwick of Plas Fron Wrexham.
Born Feb 10th 1898
Killed in Air Raid in France May 19th 1918.
Buried at Etaples.
‘Beareth all things
Believeth all things
Endureth all things’
1st Corinthians 13th ch.