Ryles, George

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

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

Name / Enw: Ryles, George

Regiment/Catrawd: 'C' Company, 17th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No. 12794.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension Nord.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: 11. Row: H. Grave: 36.

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

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

Date of Death: 28th March 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in action on Thursday 28 March 1918 aged 26 years.

George Ryles was born in Rhyl, Flintshire, North Wales in 1892.

The 1901 Census shows that the family lived at 16 Bedford Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Thomas Ryles aged 30, a Chimney Sweep.  His wife Elizabeth Ryles aged 31 and their two children – George Ryles aged 9 and Margaret Ryles aged 7 years.

Nothing is known of his early life, but in 1911 he was living as a Boarder at 7 Hill Street, Flint, Flintshire and employed by an Artificial Silk Company, namely, Glanzstoff Manufacturing Group, Flint. Following the outbreak of the First World War George enlisted at Shotton, Flintshire with 17th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

On Monday 28 June 1915, he arrived in Gallipoli and served in the Balkans Theatre until the Battalion returned to France and the Western Front, where he was killed in action on 28 March 1918.

On 9 September 1918, a payment of £12. 10s. 11d. was made by the War Office to Mrs Elizabeth Ryles, being monies owed to her son George. On 16 December 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £16. 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.