Dear son of
James and Mary Bagshaw
He who died April 7th 1917
at the age of 18 years
Dear wife of James Bagshaw
who died August 21st 1937
at the age of 71 years
Also the above James Bagshaw
who died April 19th 1939
at the age of 77 years
THEY ARE IN PEACE
William Howard Bagshaw
Son of the above
who died December 22nd 1978 at the age of 73 years
Also Elizabeth His dear wife
who died December 28th 1981 at the age of 78 years
Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion and Vivien Williamas
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Halkyn Memorial
Name / Enw: Thomas Bagshaw
Regiment/Catrawd: 61st Bn. Training Reserve
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private TR4/18444
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Halkyn (St Mary) Churchyard
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: West of Church
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: UK
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
7th April 1917 Died of fever at Kinmel Park Camp, Flintshire.
The 1911 census records – mostly in Welsh- the Bagshaw family living at Sheldon Road Halkyn, Flintshire. The head of the family (‘penteulu’) was James Bagshaw a 48 year old ‘stoker for engines at lead mine’ who had been born in the parish of Tryffynnon (Holywell). His wife was Mary 44 a native of Halkyn. Their 18 year old daughter Hannah was a seamstress ( gwniadferch) and there were four sons at school Thomas 12, Robert John 10, Ernest 7 and William 5. The eldest boy Arthur was 16 and a spinner in the silk works.
UK soldiers who Died in the Great War, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk tells us that he enlisted in Mold, Flintshire.
There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for him at the County Archives Office at Hawarden signed by his father James. It gives the address as Woodlands, Halkyn. It tells us poignantly that the length of Thomas’s service in the army was just 3 weeks and that he died at Kimnel Park Camp.