Edwards, Peter

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhyl War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Edwards, Peter

Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No. 876.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Green Hill Cemetery.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: 1. Row: G. Grave: 2.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Turkey.

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Date of Death: 10th August 1915

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in action on Tuesday 10 August 1915 at Sulva Bay, Gallipoli aged 22 years,

Peter Edwards was born in Rhyl, Flintshire during 1893.

The 1901 Census shows that the family lived at 9 Abbey Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Edward Edwards aged 44, a Self Employed Plasterer.  His wife Annie Edwards (nee Williams) aged 42, and their seven (7) children – Ruth Edwards aged 21, Edward Owen Edwards aged 16, who was employed by his father as an Apprentice Plasterer, Edith Edwards aged 12, Peter Edwards aged 8, Annie Edwards aged 4 and Gwen Edwards aged 3 months.

By 1911 the family have moved to 8 Gronant Street, Rhyl, Flintshire. At that time Peter Edwards was also employed by his father as an Apprentice Plasterer.

At the outbreak of war, Peter enlists at the Recruitment Office, Mold as a Private with 5 Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

On Monday 19 July 1915 he sailed with the Battalion for Gallipoli via Alexandria, disembarking at Sulva Bay on Monday 9 August 1915.  He was killed in action the very next day.

Five other soldiers from 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who are remembered on the Rhyl War Memorial were also killed in action at Sulva Bay that same day – Private 2554 Bertie Campini, Private 1287 David Jones of 11 Brickfield Terrace, Rhyl, Private 857 William Jones of 122 Wellington Road, Rhyl, Second Lieutenant Robert Clare Walton of 11 Garden Lane, Chester and Sergeant William Wilton.  Three other Rhyl Soldiers who are also remembered on the Rhyl War Memorial were also killed in action or died of wounds at Sulva Bay some days later – Private 1596 John Haines, 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, of 9 West Street, Rhyl on Monday 16 August 1915, Private 3248 Edward Davies, 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers of 80 Vale Road, Rhyl and  Private 175 Francis James Martin, Army Cyclist Corps(Welsh Division) of 11 Kinmel Street, Rhyl on Sunday 29 August 1915.

Green Hill

Green Hill Military Cemetery, Turkey.

On 9 December 1915, a payment of £3.12s.11d was made by the War Office to Mrs Annie Edwards, being monies owed to her son Peter.  On 28 July 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £3.10s.0d was also made to her.

He is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales and on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, which is undated and unsigned.