Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Halkyn Memorial
Name / Enw: Absolam Harrison
Regiment/Catrawd: 14th Bn. Highland Light Infantry (formerly King’s Own Scottish Borderers)
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 28903 (Formerly 22410)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Gouzeaucourt British Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: F5
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
4th June 1917 Killed in Action
Absalom Harrison was born in Halkyn around 1894. The census of 1911 finds him aged 17 yrs living with his family at Windmill, Halkyn. He was described as a single ‘reel worker’ at the silkworks. His father Edwin was 62 and a labourer at a quarry. His mother was 59 year old Sarah A Harrison. There was a sister Elizabeth aged 18yrs and a brother Albert who was 8 years old. The form tells us that Sarah had given birth to 14 children, four of whom had died.
(The earlier census of 1901 was very difficult to read but we can make out the following children’s names Alfred, Sarah, Selina, Edwin, Elizabeth and Absalom)
All the family were born and bred in Halkyn.
Uk Soldiers who Died in the Great War 1914-19 accessible on Ancestry.co.uk tells us that he enlisted in Accrington Lancashire.
There is a card for Absalom in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Atchives in Hawarden. The card was completed by his father Edwin. The address is given as Catch, Halkyn. It gives the regimental details and says that he served for 2 years.