Roy James Oldcorn

Name / Enw: Roy James Oldcorn

Regiment/Catrawd: 8th Btn Royal Irish Rifles

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Corporal 3/8997

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Cambrai Memorial, Louveral

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 10

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:

Died 23rd November 1917 aged 27 yrs.

Roy was born in 1891. The 1901 census tells us that 9 year old Roy lived at The Gardens, the Green in Northop with his father Arthur, a market gardener, his Irish born mother, Alice and his three sisters Winifred 7, Kathleen 3, and Audrey 1 and one little brother Harry who was 5.

The 1911 census records the family still living at The Green in Northop. The father, Arthur was 48 and listed as a ‘shopkeeper’ in the green grocery business. His wife of 24 years, Alice was 47 and we learn she had been born in County Tyrone. She had given birth to 10 children all of whom were still living. Listed at home were William 22  a ‘cowman’, Roy 20, a ‘Footman domestic’, Kathleen 13, Audrey 11, Marjory 9, Mildred 7 and Rupert 3.

UK Soldiers who died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details at the top of this page and adds that he enlisted in Putney Middlesex. His medal card, also on ancestry details his medals.

He joined the army in 1915 and was involved in active service in Dublin in the Irish rebellion of Easter Monday 1916.

Coincidently we discovered that Roy is also remembered on another War Memorial in Bwlch, Breconshire but we don’t know why. We’re hoping that someone can clear up this mystery for us.