Price, Emrys

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay

Name / Enw: Price, Emrys

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers 13th Bn

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: 17244*

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Merville Communal Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: VI. Q. 21.

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British Medals and 15 Star

Date of Death: 22nd April 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

 Died of wounds, Bethune 22nd April 1916.

Appearing for the first time on a census in 1901 , Emrys was the son of William  & Elizabeth Price. Their home was Carolymynydd, Brynford, Holywell.  (4 Rooms).   The Father and head of household was William 53, a Lead Miner who had been born in Brynford, Flintshire.  Elizabeth his wife was 50 and had been born in Northop, Flintshire. Their children were Thomas 25, a Limestone Quarryman, George 19,  a Bricklayer,  Walter  14,  Arthur  12, Emrys  9 and the only daughter Elizabeth A. was 6.

By the 1911 census Emrys was living at 9, Dock Road, Connah’s Quay with the Roberts family from Mostyn, Flintshire.   He was 19 and a Bricklayer, Labourer, born Holywell.

There is an index card for Emrys in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. (Flintshire WW1 Index Cards F53). There is a slight discrepancy with his regimental number as it says he was *19244 – other sources say 17244. The address on the card is 18 Waterloo Street, Connah’s Quay.The card tells us he served for 1 year and 5 months and that he ‘Died of Wounds’ at Bethune on the 22nd April 1916. It says he was buried  at ‘Merriville’

Emrys is mentioned in the book “Soldiers Died in the Great War.  Royal Welsh Fusiliers   Volume 28”.  It confirms the regimental details above and adds that he enlisted in Shotton.  This source tells us he ‘Died of Wounds’ in France and Flanders.

Emrys’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details and also tells us that his first theatre of war was France and that he entered it on 1st December 1915

Emrys is named on the Memorial Plaque in St.Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay.

County Herald Friday 19th May 1916   (Page 8 Col.6)

CONNAH’S QUAY – Soldier Dies of Wounds

On Thursday last week Mr. George Price, of 18, Waterloo Street, Connah’s Quay receieved the sad news that his brother, Lance Corporal Emrys Price had died from wounds received in action at the Front.   The deceased, who was of a bright disposition, was 24 years olf age, and was the youngest son of the late Mr. & Mrs. William Price, Gafna Gerrig, Brynford, Holywell, and he joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at the outbreak of the war.   Previously he was emlpoyed in the Welsh Mills at Messrs Summers & Sons’, Ironworks, Shotton.