Robert Connah was the son of Mrs. Eliza Connah of 86 Mold Rd., baptized at Bistre 26 July 1894. Eliza was the widow of Thomas John Connah who died in 1913. Thomas John Connah, of Saltney, a foreman, married Eliza Davies of Chester at St. Mary Chester in 1883. From the 1911 census Robert had three brothers, Joseph, John and George Arthur, and two sisters Margaret and Florrie.
Robert was born in 1894 and was 22 when he died in 1916.
From the North Wales Coast Pioneer, December 14th 1916
Mrs. R. Connah, 85, Jubilee Villas, Mold-road, Buckley, received official information on Saturday morning that her son, Lance-Corporal Robt. Connah, was killed in action on November 20th. Previous to this Private Ernest Price, of Padeswood-road, had written saying that Lance-Corporal Connah had first been wounded, and that while his wounds were being attended to by a stretcher-bearer, another shell came over and killed both the stretcher-bearer and his patient. Lance-Corporal Connah enlisted at the commencement of the war in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He belonged to the machine-gun section of his battalion, and had been out on active service for the last 17 months, but was home on a 10 days’ leave in May last. He was a Sunday School scholar and communicant at the Bistre Parish Church, and a member of the C.E.M.S. He was an old member of the C.L. Boys’ Brigade, and a member of the Rechabite Friendly Society. An enthusiastic bowler, he was a playing member of the Bistre Avenue Bowling Club. He was a general favourite. He was 22 years of age, and prior to joining the Army worked at Bromfield Colliery. He has another brother serving, and much sympathy is extended to the bereaved mother, who is a widow.
Robert is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
Robert is remembered on a family grave at Bistre.
In loving memory of
Beloved husband of
Eliza Connah of Bistre
Who died Feb 21st 1913
Aged 53 years
Peace Perfect Peace
Also George, their child
Who died in infancy
Also Corp. Robert Connah
Son of the above, killed in
Action in action Nov 20th 1916
Aged 22 years
Greater love hath no man than he who
Lay down his life for his friends
Also the above Eliza Connah
Who died Nov 2 1948
In her 89th year