Roger Edwards was born about 1887. He was recorded in the census of 1901 living with his family in Cat Hole (Now known as Cadole) close to Llanferres. Head of the household was Meredith Edwards who was a 46 year old Grocer who had been born in Llanferres. His wife was Mary Anne who had been born in Henllan. Their listed children were Nathanial Peter 7, Philip 6, Roger 4 and Jane Elizabeth 2. This was a bilingual family speaking Welsh and English.
Little changed in the circumstances of this family as each subsequent census testified. In 1901 they were still in Cat hole. Meredith 56 was still a Grocer working for himself (‘own account’). His wife Mary Ann was 50 and their listed children were Nathanial Peter 17, Philip 16 was an ironmonger’s apprentice, Roger was 14 and Jane Elizabeth was 12.
The 1911 census records the family still in Cadole. Meredith 66 was a self employed Grocer. His wife of 29 years Mary was 60. She had given birth to 5 children but one had not survived. The same now grown up ‘children’ were listed in the household. Nathanial 28 was a Journalist. Philip was an Ironmonger’s Assistant, Roger 24 was a General Labourer and Jane Elizabeth 22, helped in the business.
UK Soldiers who died in The Great war 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms Roger’s regimental details as above. It adds that he had been born in Gwernymynydd, Mold and that he enlisted in Mold. This source tells us he was killed in action. His Medal Card also on ‘Ancestry’ details his medal entitlement and tells us that his original regimental number was 3895.
Roger is commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial which means he has no known grave and was killed on The Somme.
There seems to be no index card for him in The Flintshire Roll of Honour in The County Record Office in Hawarden