Edwards, Benjamin

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Holywell War Memorial

Name / Enw: Edwards, Benjamin

Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 20062

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Greenfield Cemetery, Flintshire

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Not Known

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: United Kingdom

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Date of Death: 29th May 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died in Greenfield, Flintshire on Monday 29 May 1916 aged 45 years.

Benjamin Edwards was born in Holywell, Flintshire during 1870.

The 1891 census tells us that the family at that time lived at the Carnarvon Castle Hotel, Raven Court; Holywell where the head of the family John Edwards aged 57 was employed as a Lead Miner.  His wife Sarah Edwards aged 56 was the Innkeeper and their son Benjamin Edwards aged 21 employed as a Collier.

The 1901 census shows that Sarah who was now a widow aged 66 was the Innkeeper of the Abbots Arms Hotel, Pen-y-Maes, Holywell.   Benjamin Edwards aged 30 was now employed as a General Labourer and younger brother Robert Edwards aged 18 a Locomotive Stoker.   At the time of the 1911 census the family were still living at the Abbots Arms Hotel, Pen-y-Maes, Holywell.

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for Benjamin Edwards at the County Archives, Hawarden.