Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhes y Cae Memorial
Name / Enw: Wynne, William Edward
Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Driver 220361
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: St Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: SIII.EE.12
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals
Date of Death: 15th November 1918
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died of wounds 15th November 1918.
William was born in 1890 in Rhes y Cae. he was the son of Llewelyn and Amelia Wynne of Rhes y Cae. Their home in Rhes y Cae was referred to as Chenney, Chimney, Cherney depending on which source you are looking at. William appears on the 1901 census aged 8 months. he was living with his parents – father Llewelyn 29, a lead miner and his mother Amelia, 23 in Rhes y Cae.
Ten years on in the 1911 census they were still there and William was the eldest (20yrs) child living at home. Also there were his siblings Maggie 12, Edith 9 and Wilfred 2. This form tells us that Amelia had given birth to 6 children and they were all still alive. Two of them were unaccounted for on this census – possibly married?
UK Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms all the regimental details listed. It tells us that he enlisted in Holywell and that he died of wounds. His medal Index card also on Ancestry, lists his two medals.
The Register of Soldier’s effects in which the army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers, includes an entry for William Edward Wynne. It tells us that he died in No 3 Staty Hospital in France. His sole legatee was his mother Amelia, who received two payments totalling £17 .. 14sh .. 3d.