Parry, Thomas Owen

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Andrew Moss

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Caergwrle

Name / Enw: Parry, Thomas Owen

Regiment/Catrawd: South Wales Borderers 5th Battalion

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 41600

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: II. C. 19.

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British and Victory

Date of Death: 20th October 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action

Thomas owen Parry was born in 1899 in Mostyn Flintshire. His Parents were Thomas Henry Parry, born 1875 in Holywell and Dorothy Williams born 1875 in Llanynys, Denbighshire.

Using Ancestry.co.uk we first see Thomas in the 1901 census when he is one year old. Thomas is living with his parents in St Asaph, his father Thomas Henry is a police constable aged 26 and mother Dorothy is 25. The couple were married in 1898.

In the 1911 census the family are now living in Nannerch. Father Thomas Henry is still listed as a police constable and he and wife Dorothy are 36 years old having spent 13 years married. They have three children, Thomas Owen who is at school and aged 12 years, Harry is 8 years old and Elizabeth is aged 5. All members of the family are listed as speaking both English and Welsh.

The military records for Thomas are incomplete, on his medal role he is listed as in training regiment private 1445 and then the 5th battalion South Wales Borderers 41600, he was awarded the Victory and British medals however the record does not show when he entered the war. In the listing for UK Soldiers died in the great war 1914 to 1918 the record for Thomas states that he was a resident of Caergwrle, enlisted in Mold and was killed in action in the Western European Theatre.

The CWGC listing for Thomas mentions that his mother and father were residing at the police station Prestatyn at the time of his death.