Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Rees Harold
Regiment/Catrawd: 2nd Bn., South Wales Borderers (Formerly Royal Welsh Fusiliers)
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 41304 (Formerly 69368)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension Bailleul
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: 11.B 15
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action 18th August 1918 aged 21
There is a card for Harold in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Archive Office in Hawarden. It gives his name and regiment (SWB) as above. The address is 15 Alyn View and the card was signed by Elizabeth Rees, his mother. It says ‘missing August 18th 1918′
Harold’s Commonwealth War Grave Certificate gives us regimental details as above and names his parents as Richard and Elizabeth Rees of 15 Alyn View, Henffordd Mold. It gives his date of death and details of the cemetery.
It is his medal card (accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk) that details his previous regiment and number.
Harold first appears on a census in 1901 at the age of 4. The family was living at Wesley Place, Mold and consisted of Richard Rees, head of family who was 46 and a tin plate ‘assorter’ who hailed from Halltwin ? Elizabeth 44 was his wife from Mold. They had 7 sons William 22, Morgan 19, Philip 16, Garmon 14 all worked in the tin plate works. Ebenezer 10, John 8 and Harold 4were all scholars. There was a daughter Louisa who was 23 . Living with them were Benjamin Wigley father in law 73 and John Wigley brother in law 46 both of whom were general labourers.
Ten years later in the 1911 census the family was living in 15 Alun View Mold. Father Richard Rees was 55 and still an ‘assorter’ in the tin plate works. This census tells us his birthplace was Alltwin Glamorgan. His wife of 36 years Elizabeth was 54 and living at home were Philip 25 a tinman, Richard Garmon 22 a’doubler’ in the tin works, Ebeneezer 20 (married) and a labourer in the tin works. Harold was 14 and a ‘cold roller’ also in the tin works. Albert 9 was at school and 83 year old Benjamin Wigley – father in law, a widower was descibed (incredibly) as a labourer. This census form tells us that there had been 10 children born to Richard and Elizabeth and 9 of them were still alive. There was no mention of Ebeneezer’s wife. Where was she?
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk tells us that Harold enlisted in Mold and gives regimental details as above. It says he was Killed in Action in France & Flanders.