Connah, Alexander

Alexander Connah joined the 19th Btn Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 12th March 1915, on or about his 18th birthday. He embarked for France 1st June 1916, and he transferred to the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment in April 1918.

Alexander Connah was one of seven brothers who joined the Army, and one of three to sacrifice his life in the war. From census records, Benjamin and Mary Ann Connah are known to have had 11 children:

  1. Charles 1882 – served and wounded
  2. Mary 1887
  3. James 1888 – served, died 1915 in France
  4. Benjamin 1890 – served and wounded at Salonika (Married 1924 Lucy Williams, died 1947 Hawarden Dist.)
  5. Walter 1892 – served (Married 1927 Elizabeth Millington, died 1955 Hawarden Dist.)
  6. John 1893 – served, died 1917 in Belgium
  7. Arthur 1895 – served
  8. Alexander (Alec) 1897 – served, died 1918 in France
  9. Gladney 1899 (Married 1926, Died 1957 Wrexham Dist.)
  10. Bertha 1902
  11. William Harris 1904

Mary Ann Connah died in 1933.

Alexander’s death was announced in the County Herald on September 27, 1918

We regret to record the deaths of a number of soldiers from Buckley and district.— Corporal Alexander Connah, whose death in France on September 5th, the same day  that he had been wounded in action, has been reported, was the son of Mrs. B Connah, of Spon Green. He was 21 years of age, and had been nearly three years on active service. He was one of seven brothers who joined the Army, and is the third of them to sacrifice his life in the war. One brother has lost a leg, and another has been discharged after being severely wounded. The remaining two brothers are on active service in the East, and have been away from home nearly four years. Much sympathy is felt for the mother, who is a widow. The deceased soldier was a scholar at the United Methodist Sunday School.

A memorial service was reported in October 1918:

A crowded congregation attended the recent Sunday evening service in the United Methodist Church, in memory of three scholars who fell in battle during the month of September  from this place of worship, namely, Corporal Charles Shaw, of Spon Green; Corporal Alexander Connah, Spon Green, and Private Wilfred Owens, of Chester Road. The service was conducted by Mr. William Davies and Mr. George Peters. Touching references were made to the high qualities of the fallen heroes, and letters were read from them to the Comfort Fund in acknowledgement of gifts they had received. It was stated during the service that only six weeks previously Corporal C. Shaw was present at three services at the chapel. The anthems “Vital Spark” and “Sleep on Beloved,” were rendered. At the close of the service the Organist played the “Dead March.”

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Buckley Memorial

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