Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Halkyn Memorial
Name / Enw: Trevor Oldfield
Regiment/Catrawd: 78th Coy. Machine Gun Corps. (Infantry) Formerly the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 54577 (formerly 3888)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Karasouli Military Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: B.374
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Greece
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
21st November 1916 aged 21yrs. Killed in Action.
What we know about this soldier is largely from census returns. The 1901 census records him aged 6 living with his family in Halkyn Village. His father was John a 50 year old lead mine engine driver. His mother was Elizabeth aged 46 and his older brother was John H aged 7.
Ten years later in the 1911 census, little has changed. The father, John is 57 and describes himself as a ‘stationary engineer man’. We can see on this form that he had been born in Cilcain. Elizabeth was 56, John Herbert was 17 and a joiner and Trevor was 16 and a shop assistant. They all hailed from Halkyn. The census return tells us that Elizabeth had only given birth to these two children. The family lived in 4 rooms and they all spoke English and Welsh.
UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk tells us that he enlisted in Holywell and it gives regimental details as above. It says he was killed in action.
There is a card for Trevor in the Flintshire Roll of Honour in the County Records Office in Hawarden. In addition to the regimental information it tells us that he served 8 months and that he was killed in action in Salonika. The card is signed by his father John Oldfield.
The UK Register of Soldier’s effects in which the army calculated what monies were outstanding for deceased soldiers listed Trevor Oldfield. The regimental details and death date as stated at the top of this page were confirmed and the sum of £1.1sh..6d was paid to his sole legatee – his father John.