Edwards, Robert

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

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

Name / Enw: Edwards, Robert

Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No. 241143

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Jerusalem Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panels 20 to 22

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1914/1915 Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal.

Date of Death: 26th March 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

He arrived in the Balkans with the Battalion on Sunday 8 August  1915 and was later Killed in Action on the first day of the Battle of Gaza Monday 26 March 1917, aged 35 years. (Royal Welsh Fusiliers War Diaries).(Private Joseph William Butler, Lance Sergeant George Davies and Lance Corporal John Richard Lancelot who are remembered on the Greenfield War Memorial were killed in the same battle on that day).

Robert Edwards was born in Holywell, Flintshire during 1882.

The 1901 census states that the family lived at 6 Bagillt Street, Holywell, Flintshire.  The head of the family being Samuel Edwards a 40 year Lead Smelter.  His wife Sarah Ann aged 39 and their three children, Robert Edwards aged 19 who was employed as a Compositor at a local Printing Company.  Elizabeth Edwards aged 17 a Trainee School Teacher and Joseph Edwards aged 16 a Plasterer.

Robert married Mary Francis Edwards in 1907 at the English Presbyterian Chapel, Chester Road, Flint.   The 1911 Wales Census tells us that they now have a 12 month old son Joseph Harold Edwards.  Robert is still employed as a Compositor and the family live at 1 Garth y Foel, Holywell.   Prior to enlisting with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1915 the family had moved to Ty Coch, Pen-y-Ball, Holywell, Flintshire.

Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards

1JerusalemMemorial

Jerusalem War Cemetery and Memorial.

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 Robert Edwards at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.