Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Bangor on Dee Memorial
Name / Enw: Mort, William
Regiment/Catrawd: 190th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: 160900
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: III. B 15
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium.
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals
Date of Death: 20th May 2014
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action 20th May 1918 aged 31
William Mort first appeared in a census in 1891. He was living with his family in Threapwood, Flintshire. His father, James Threapwood was 26 and a farm labourer. His wife was Mary A Mort who was also 26. Their children were Bertha 6 and William 3.
They were still in Threapwood in 1901. James, the father was descibed this time as an ‘ordinary agricultural labourer’. Mary his wife was 36 and the recorded children were William 13, John 7 and James 2.
I have been unable so far to locate William in the 1911 census when he would have been 23. We know from his Commonwealth War Grave Certificate that he was married and his wife was E.E Mort.
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. It is this source that tells us he was Killed in Action’.
There is an index card for William in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. It confirms the regimental details above and adds that he served from May 1917 and that he was killed in action on 20th May 1918.