John’s parents, Henry Martin Tozer and Mary Elizabeth Upton married in St Paul’s Church at Gorsedd in 1882 (C08/1/E58).
The 1891 census records that Henry M. Tozer, 37 was a Publican and Coal Dealer who had been born in Cheshire. His wife Mary, 38 had been born in Bagillt, Flintshire. Their listed children were John Tozer, 9, a Scholar who had been born in Whitford, Flintshire, Elizabeth 5, Annie 4, r Lilie, 2 and Mary A.L. Tozer who was 4 months. There was a Boarder Daniel Jones, 33 a Coal Miner and two servants, Peter Jones, 22 a Coal Carter and Maggie Hunt, 22 a Domestic Servant.
I cannot find John nor any of the family on the 1901 census. Any help with finding the family on this census would be appreciated.
The 1911 census shows the family living at Hawarden View, Queensferry. Henry Martin Tozer, was 51 and a Porter. His wife of 29 years, Mary was 50. 12 children had been born to them, but they had suffered the loss of 4 of them. The listed children still at home were John, 29, a Galvanizer. Elizabeth, 24, Lilley, 21, Henry Martin was 17 and an Iron Worker, Maud, 14 and Tom, 12
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms John Tozer’s regimental details above and tells us that he enlisted in Shotton, and resided in Queensferry. His medal card, also on ‘Ancestry’ details his medals and tells us that his first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on the 19th July 1915. Less than 10 weeks later he was killed.
John Tozer in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells that the sole Legatee was his father Henry Martin Tozer who was paid £4. 4s 5d on the 17th December 1915 and his War Gratuity of £3. 10s 0d on the 28th July 1919.
There is an index card for John in The flintshire Roll of Honour at The County record Office in Hawarden (Card F 24 Queensferry) tells us that he enlisted at the very beginning of the War.
John is also remembered on the St. Ethelwolds Church Screen, to the left of the Altar in the Lady Chapel.