Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Simon William George
Regiment/Catrawd: 16th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Coporal 16/941
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Thiepval Memorial
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B
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:
Killed in Action in France 1st July 1916 aged 25yrs
William George Simon was the son of George Simon a solicitor and his wife Jane of Nant y Glyn, Nerquis, Mold. The 1901 census lists three sons Robert 9, William 9 and Trefor 6. There was one daughter, Gwen who was 1. There were four servants.
By 1911 the father was dead and the widowed Jane was living in Islwyn, Mold with her mother who was 81 Mary Owen, a nephew Hugh Owen 10 and her daughter Gwen who was 11. There was one servant. Her sons were not at home. All three became Insurance Clerks. So far we have not found William on the 1911 census but from the item above, it seems he was in Northumberland around that time.
UK soldiers who died in The Great war 1914-19 accessible on Ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details at the top of this page and adds that he enlisted in Newcastle Upon Tyne. This source tells us he was killed in action on the first day of The Battle of The Somme in 1916.
His medal card, also on Ancestry lists his three medals and adds that his first Theatre of war was France and he entered it on 22nd November 1915.
The Register of Soldiers’ effects in which the army calculated what monies were owed to deceased soldiers, includes an entry for William George Simon. His mother, who by then was Mrs Jane Roberts was paid a total of £14 ..2sh .. 10d in three separate payments.
It would seem from the cutting below that Mrs Simon remarried and became Mrs Roberts.