Parry, James Henry

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

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

Name / Enw: Parry, James Henry

Regiment/Catrawd: 78th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Gunner 156286.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Wailly Orchard Cemetery. Pas de Calais.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: 111.Row: G. Grave: 2.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France.

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Date of Death: 30th June 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action on Sunday 30 June 1918 aged 29

James Henry Parry was born in Holywell, Flintshire during 1888.

The 1911 Census states that the family lived at 1 Red House, Holywell, Flintshire.   The head of the family was James Parry, a Widower, who was 56.   He was employed as a Woollen Carder in the Welsh Flannel Mill, Greenfield Road, Holywell.  (Carding involved getting all the fibres running in the same direction.  This was a skilled process involving the use of a brush with spikes, and was originally done by hand.  A Carder was normally a very experienced worker).  He had 6 children, Joseph Edward Parry aged 26, a Lead Smelter, James Henry Parry aged 23, a Woollen Card Cleaner, Margaret Jane Parry aged 20, a Flannel Weaver, Caroline Parry aged 17, also a Flannel Weaver.  They were all employed at the Welsh Flannel Mill.  Mary Ellen Parry aged 28 and Muriel Parry aged 14.

James Henry Parry subsequently married a Gwladys Mary Parry on 22 April 1912 and they lived at 13 New Houses, Strand, Holywell.

On 12 November 1918 a payment of £3.12s.9d was made by the War Office to Gwladys, this being monies owed to her husband James.  On 2 November 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £4.0s.0d was also made to her.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for James Henry Parry at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, containing very little information.   Details of his medals were obtained from (

Holywell Parry James H 001

James Parry’s grave in Waillly Orchard Cemetery not far from Arras in France. The cemetery is poignantly and appropriately planted with apple trees. Photograph taken on 15th October 2013 by E & V Williams.

Wailly Orchard Cemetery

Wailly Orchard Cemetery 15th October 2013

Holywell Parry J H 001

Plaque on St James’s Parish Church Wall Holywell

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