Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Peter Redfern Metcalfe
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Flint Town
Name / Enw: Bellis, Samuel
Regiment/Catrawd: 10th (Service) Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No 18360
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Thiepval, Somme
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Pier and Face 4A
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal
Date of Death: 16th August 1916
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in action in France on 16th August 1916
He was a brother to Lance Corporal Henry Bellis who also died in the war and has his own page here.
Samuel Bellis was born in 1885 at Bryn Morgan, Flint Mountain and baptised 31st July, 1885 at St Mary’s Parish Church, Flint. He was the third of five children to Joseph Bellis, (a chemical worker) and Mary (Thomas).
Samuel was a colliery labourer before he enlisted in the Army at Wrexham and was probably unmarried. He landed in France on 1st June, 1915 and was killed in action there on 16th August, 1916.
He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France on Pier and Face 4A (see below). He is remembered on two war memorials – Flint Town and St Mary’s Parish Church, Flint. He is also commemorated on the North Wales Heroes’ Memorial Arch, Bangor.
He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.