Humphreys, Horace Charles

Horace Charles Humphreys was born in Bagillt, Flintshire on 7 August 1892.

The 1901 Census states that the family lived at 66 Sea View House, Holywell, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Thomas Humphreys aged 55, who owned a Grocer’s Shop in Holywell High Street.  His wife was Susan aged 32 and their 5 (five) listed children were Nesta Humphreys aged 10, Horace Charles Humphreys aged 8, Dora Humphreys aged 6, Sidney Humphreys aged 4 and Thomas Humphreys aged 9 months.   Susan’s sister Elizabeth Prince aged 22 also lived with them.

Horace was educated at Holywell County School and later under the tuition of the Reverend Dowell Lee, Headmaster of the Dytheur School, Oswestry

The 1911 Census shows that Horace Charles Humphreys was living as a Boarder aged 18, at 17 Westbourne Road, Manchester.  He was a single person and employed as Shipping Office Clerk of Messrs J.F. Hutton & Co, Lloyd Street, Manchester.

He was Killed in Action on the Somme on Tuesday 26th September 1916, aged 24 years.

On 17 November 1917 a payment of £1.17s.0d was made by the War Office to Thomas Humphreys, this being monies owed to his son.  On 31 October 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £3.0s.0d was also made to him.

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.   This was completed on 6 Septembe 1919 by his father Thomas Humphreys.  Details of his medals were obtained from

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