We believe that David Rogers was born in 1895 to Farmer David Rogers Snr and his wife Winifred.
The census of 1901 records the family living at Caegwyn in Llanfair Dyfryn Cleiriog in the District of Ruthin. Head of the household was David Rogers a Farmer who was ‘Living on his own means’. He was 41. His wife, Winifred was 33. Their listed children were Hugh 14, Mary Jane 11, David 6 and Sarah May 4. This census says that all members of the family had been born in Llanfair D.C.
The next census of 1911 places the family at Pennallt Llanrhydd. David Snr was 51 and still a farmer ‘on his own account’. His wife of 24 years, Winifred was 43. She had given birth to 5 children who were all still living. Listed at home for the census were Hugh 23 and David 16 – they were both Farm Labourers. Sarah May was 14. This family was bilingual in that they all spoke and understood Welsh and English.
UK Soldiers who died in the Great war 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk includes an entry for David Rogers. It confirms all the military details on the left of this page and it adds that he resided in Gwernymynydd and that he enlisted in Wrexham. This source tells us he ‘Died of Wounds’.
David’s medal index card also on Ancestry, lists his two medals and this source gives his original regiment and number as well as his later regimental details.
The UK Register of Soldiers’ Effects in which the army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for David Rogers. This tells us that he died in 12 General Hospital in France. The money owed was shared between his siblings. His four sisters had just over a pound each. His War gratuity of three pounds was shared between the two older siblings. Mary Maddocks had £2 ..5sh .. 0d and brother Hugh had 15 shillings.
There is a brass plaque inside Soar Chapel in Nerquis as a commemoration to David. It is written in Welsh and the translation is
In Remembrance of David Rogers Trefrwd
who died of his wounds on 4th September 1918
At the age of 23 years
Buried in St Severs Cemetery, France on
5th September 1918.
Trefrwd is the name of a farm in Nerquis. Presumably David or the family moved there at some point after 1911.