FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS – 20th June 1918
Connah’s Quay – Missing Woman’s Body Found.
After being missing for three months the body of Mrs. HUGHES (35), the wife of Captain HUGHES, Pen-y-Llan-street, was recovered on Monday from the Dee at Saltney. The identity was established after the inquest by means of jewellery found on the body. The deceased walked out of the house on the evening of March 16th, and though a thorough search was made nothing further was heard of her until her body was seen in the Dee by Mr. John ROSE, a workman employed at the Saltney Ship Yard.
A COUCILLOR’S BEREAVEMENT
A sad loss has overtaken Councillor and Mrs. Joseph FORBER in the sudden death of their little son after an operation for appendicitis. A few weeks ago the parents were caused anxiety by the boy accidently swallowing a toy whistle, but which however, was removed without having recourse to surgical means. Great sympathy is felt with Mr & Mrs. FORBER, which has been evinced by many personal expressions, and at the funeral which took place on Monday. The service, which was held in the Wepre Presbyterian Church, was largely attended by the relatives and friends, and was conducted by the Rev. E.A. DAVIES, B.A., B.D. The internet took place in the Connahs’ Quay Cemetery.
A MEETING OF THE LOCAL Tribunal was held on Tuesday, Mr. T.J. RENEY presiding. There were also present: Rev. J.B. BROOKS, Captain John HUGHES, Mr. J. CONNELL, the Clerk (Mr. T.W.HUGHES), Mr Mothersole, and Mr. HASWELL (N.S.R.)
A deputation was received from the local Food Committee in regard to six of the appellants, four of whom were butchers and two grocers and bakers. It was urged that such were the conditions mow prevailing that if any of these tradesmen were taken it would mean very serious hardship to the locality. Mrs. DAVIES, a member of the deputation, pointed out that the butchers were supplying a constituency of 3000 people over and above the estimated population.
Application had been made by the N.S.R. for the withdrawal of certificates of exemption of the four butchers and one grocer – Harry SMITH, J.J.SCOTT, Thomas SCOTT, and W. Gilbert VICKERS, and Wm. VICKERS respectively. The cases were adjourned.
David HUGHES (43), grocer, Grade 2, married and seven children, was given three months’ exemption.
Edward Thomas CONWAY (18), Church-street, was recommended for medical examination.
Robert WILLIAMS, 4, Lower Brook -street, Grade 3. — Three Months.
Thomas M. ROBERTS, Emporium, Shotton. –Certificate of total exemption.
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS – 22nd August 1918
A Prisoner of War – Mrs. GRIFFITHS residing at 198, High Street, whose husband has been missing since March, has now heard that he is a prisoner in Germany. In the letter written by her husband, which is evidently not the first he has written, he asked his wife to communicate with the parents at West Bromwich of a fellow prisoner who has been away since the beginning of the war, and for some reason has not been able to get a letter through to them. The information has been duly sent to the people whose name and address were enclosed, and a reply from the sister of the missing man has been received expressing deep thankfulness at the news, which she says was almost too much for the mother, who has had many troubles and is anxious about other sons. News of this kind is re-assuring to those who fear the worst when no news comes, and for undoubtedly there are others mourned as lost who will one day be heard of and who will return.
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS – 29th August 1918
CONNAH’S QUAY – A GALLANT CORPORAL
Corporal J. JONES, who for some time was employed as a “dipper” at the Marsh Mills galvanising branch, has received distinction of good service in the field in France. The Major-General commanding the Division, in acquainting him of the fact, says: “I should like you to know that your good services are recognised and greatly appreciated.” Corporal JONES, who has a wife and five children, gave up his work voluntarily to go and fight the enemy soon after the outbreak of war. He was presented with the Mons ribbon. He has fought in no fewer that twenty-two engagements in France. He is now in Italy doing his “bit.”
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS – 5th September 1918
CONNAH’S QUAY – GALLANT SKIPPERS
Two Connah’s Quay skippers, Captains W.J.HUGHES and S.SHAW, who some time ago did meritorious work in a fight with enemy submarines, were commanded to appear at Buckingham Palace yesterday. It is understood that it is the intention of the merchant shipping authorities also recognise the services of the skippers in a public way. It would add interest and enable their friends and neighbours to show their appreciation if these subsequent honours could be bestowed in the presence of the local public.
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS – 5th September 1918
MILTARY NEWS –
Private Eric LEATHERBARROW has been killed in France. He worked at Messrs Summer’s Ironworks and lived at the Garden City, Queensferry. His eldest brother was killed in the Dardanelles battles, and a sister is now serving as a Red Cross Nurse.
Mrs John CONNELL has received news that her husband, Lieut, John CONNELL, has been seriously wounded in France. A later message states that he has been brought over to England and is in a London hospital Lieut-CONNELL is the son of Mr CONNEL L, headmaster of St. Mark’s elementary schools, and is himself a teacher under the Flintshire Education Committee.
Mrs Will ROBERTS, of Primrose Hill received an official communication and a letter from a chaplain in a Rouen hospital to the effect that her half-brother Private W.R.BROWN (Reggie) has been seriously wounded. A subsequent communication, however, is just to hand from the wounded man himself stating that he has “arrived in Blighty.”
Mrs WORRALL, of Penyllan-street, whose son Leonard is a prisoner in Germany, has just heard from him after a cessation of news for many months
Private Jack ROBERTS, the son of Councillor ROBERTS, of Cestrian-street, who enlisted at the commencement of the war and seven months ago had to return to England owing to the effects of being gassed, has finished his lengthy period of recuperation and partial service with the home forces in Ireland, and after being home on draft leave at the week-end has again reported himself in preparation for return to the front.
Private Tom WILLIAMS, of Golftyn-street, who was wounded in the thigh, in the recent attacks in France, has now reached England, and is in hospital at Maidenhead.
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS – 12th September 1918
GRAVES OF FALLEN HEROES
Considerable anxiety has been displayed by many people in this country whose relatives fell in the great offensive in France during the past year or two and were buried in the Somme battlefields and at various other places, as to what has become of their graves. They have been much concerned as to whether the Germans have overrun those places which hitherto have had such reverent and affectionate care bestowed upon them. It will be some measure of satisfaction to these bereaved and anxious ones to know that a Cheshire gentleman has just received a letter from one of our most famous war correspondents telling him that, as far as he has been able to observe or ascertain, the Germans have not destroyed or disturbed the graves of our fallen dead, and that they remain pretty much as they were before the enemy began to overrun the parts of the country in which they are situate.
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS – 26th September 1918
News had just been received by Mrs. ROBERTS of Church-street, Connah’s Quay, of the death of her son Lance-Corporal John ROBERTS, killed in action in France, after serving for more than three years. His work as a signaller was recognised in August 1917, when he received a certificate signed by Brig.-General L. Price DAVIS, and endorsed by the Major-General, testifying that during the action of July 31st 1917, and the following days he maintained good communication between Company and Battalion H.Q., often under heavy fire. Twelve months ago his captain assured him that he had recommended him for recognition, and again two months ago, and he was expecting to hear further of this at the time of his death. Capt. J. GRIFFITHS, the O.C. of his battalion, has written to the mother, expressing regret, at the loss, both to his family and his company, and says it is the greatest loss he has had, as Lance Corporal ROBERTS was such a capable signaller, and was most cool and fearless soldier in every attack. He was shot whilst sending a message, and died doing his duty like a Brave British soldier.