Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Whenham Joseph Edward
Regiment/Catrawd: 2nd Bn Hampshire Reg
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 18382
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Couin British Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: 1 D 17
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died of wounds 9th July 1916 aged 20 yrs.
This family was ‘in -service’ at a number of big houses. The 1891 census finds Steven Edward Whenham a single man as a boarder in the gamekeeper’s cottage at Gwsaney Hall. He was 22 yrs old and listed as a gardener- originally from Kent.
By 1901 Steven was a married man of 32, still a gardener, living in Rhdygoleu with his wife Ruth and their children –Joseph Edward was 4, John A 3 and Stephen E 1.
In the 1911 census they were living in the cottage at Leeswood Hall where Steven is still a gardener. The family had grown and consisted of wife Ruth, Joseph Edward is 14 and a farm labourer, John 13, Stephen 11, Mary 8 were all at school and Horace 6 and Ruth 3 were at home.
ancestry.com lists soldiers who died in the Great War and states that Joseph enlisted in Mold but his residence was Hartley, Wintney, Hants. (Which would explain why he joined the Hampshire Regiment).
His younger brother Stephen also served in the war.
The family address on Joseph’s Commonwealth War Grave certificate is The Lodge, Pentre Hobyn – another large hall on the outskirts of Mold.
and the Rhydymwyn Memorial