Caterpillar Valley was the name given to the long valley which rises eastwards past Caterpillar Wood to the high ground at Guillemont
Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhosesmor Memorial
Name / Enw: Edward Egerton
Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Company Sergeant Major 21305
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: VIII.A.11
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War, 1915 Star and the Meritorious Sevice Medal
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action 26th August 1918
He was born in 1888. The 1901 census places him aged 13 in New Cottages Rhydymwyn where he lived with his parents and siblings. Father Fred 46, was a railway signalman and mother Mary was 43. The children wereMary Elizabeth 16, Edward Henry 13, Margaret 9, Marian Blodwen 7, Fred Samuel 4, Harriet Prudence 1. This census form says that all the children had been born in Mostyn.
Ten years later, he was still living at home with his parents in Rhydymwyn. This time the household consisted of parents Fred and Mary, (he was still a signalman) and children Blodwen 17 a day nurse, Fred 14 a general labourer, Prudence 11 at school and Douglas 9 at school. Henry was 23 and was an engine driver at the brickworks.
Some time later, he married because his Commonwealth War Grave Certificate says that he was the ‘Husband of M Egerton of Dolfechlass Ucha, Rhydymwyn’
His Flintshire Roll of Honour card tells us that for this cruel war, he was a long serving soldier – 3 years and 7 months.It also poignantly says that he ‘was wounded in action and recovered. Fell in action finally on 26th August 1918’
What we have been unable to do so far is establish his links with Rhosesmor. Can anyone help?