28th December 1917
The County Herald
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.
Northop Parish Magazine
We have to record the loss of two of our young men, viz William Hodgkinson and Roy James Oldcorn, who fell in action in France. Information received show how much their services were appreciated by their officers and comrades and how gallantly they performed their duties which led to the great sacrifice they have made. Both of them were members of the church and their bright example remains a sweet odour in our recollections. We shall always remember them with much pleasure though sorrowfully and our deepest sympathy is with their parents and relatives in their sad bereavement.
13th October 2010
Visit to the Cambrai Memorial at Louveral.
This memorial is imposing and grand. It lists 7,048 men who died in the Battle of Cambrai but who have no known grave.
This famous battle of the war was where the British army first made significant use of tanks. Their breakthrough of German lines was spectacular and a huge amount of ground was gained. The infantry, however, was unable to keep up with the tanks, leaving them exposed to a massive German counter attack and the huge losses that ensued.