Garbutt, Joseph

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Greenfield War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Garbutt, Joseph

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 316908.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: St David’s Monastery Churchyard, Pantasaph.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Near Front Gate.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: United Kingdom.

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory Medal, British War Medal.

Date of Death: 2nd February 1919

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died on 2 February 1919 aged 28.

Joseph Garbutt was born about 1891 in the United States of America.

The 1911 Census states that the family resided at Alma House, Greenfield, Holywell.  The head of the family was John Garbutt a 48 year old Colliery Manager.  His wife Elizabeth aged 50 and their three children, Joseph Garbutt aged 20 who was employed as a Clerk at the Colliery, Robert Garbutt aged 17 a Blacksmiths Apprentice and Ann Garbutt also 17.  Both Robert and Ann were also born in the USA. The family also lived at some stage at The Poplars, Holywell, Flintshire.

On 8 January 1917 Joseph Garbutt enlisted at Wrexham as a Private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  A copy of his Enrolment Paper can be seen by visiting www.ancestry.co.uk – (British Army Service Records 1914-1920).

He died on returning home on leave from Italy.

Photograph of Joseph Garbutt’s headstone at St. David’s Monastery Churchyard, Pantasaph, Holywell, Flintshire. Taken on Friday 24 July 2015 by Geoffrey Mitchell, who placed a British Legion Wooden Remembrance Cross on the grave on behalf of Flintshirewarmemorials. The grave is in a beautiful setting being overlooked by St. David’s Church.

St. David’s Churchyard, Pantasaph, Holywell. Joseph Garbutt’s white marble headstone can be seen in the centre of the photograph.

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour card for Joseph Garbutt at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.   Details of his medals were obtained from www.forces-war-records.co.uk.