Roderick, Francis

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

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

Name / Enw: Roderick, Francis

Regiment/Catrawd: 14th Battalion, Welsh Regiment.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: 2nd Lieutenant.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Bard Cottage Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: 1. Row: M. Grave: 6.

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Date of Death: 31st July 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died of wounds on Tuesday 31 July 1917.

Francis Roderick was born in Llannon, Carmarthenshire, Wales in 1893.

The 1901 Census shows that the family lived at Cwmeurig Bach, Llannon, Carmarthenshire.  The head of the family was David Roderick aged 38, who was employed as a Mining Weighbridge Manager.  His wife Elizabeth Roderick aged 36 and their four children – David John Roderick aged 16, a Coal Miner, Francis Roderick aged 8, Myfanwy Roderick aged 5 and Priscilla Roderick aged 1 year.

In 1911 Francis was a Student at Aberystwyth University and he lived as a Boarder at 12 Queen’s Road, Aberystwyth.

He married Florence Ann Whittingham during 1916 and they lived at Addison Villa, The Grove, Rhyl, Flintshire.

Initially, Francis enlisted as Private No. 16110 with 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, but was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with 14th Battalion, Welsh Regiment.

Bard Cottage Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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