Parry, Llewelyn

Llewelyn Parry was born in Holywell in 1894 and was the ninth of 12 children to Robert Parry and Jane Elizabeth (Williams).

Robert and Jane were both born in Meliden where they were married in St Melyd’s Parish Church on 9th February, 1876.

Their residence was No 3, Post Office, Meliden where Jane was the Post Mistress while Robert was employed somewhere as an engine driver.

The 1901 census found them living at 2, Talargoch, Meliden and Robert was now a lead ore foreman dresser. By 1911 they had moved to 4, Trecastell Terrace, Henryd, Conway and both Robert and Llewelyn were employed as lead ore dressers.

Shortly afterwards the Parry family had moved yet again, this time to 85, Swan Street, Flint, where Robert died on 28th June, 1915, and was buried in the Northop Road Cemetery.

Obituary: The death took place on Thursday last at his residence near the top of Swan Street, Flint, of Mr Robert Parry who had been in failing health some time. The deceased, who was 63 years of age, was a well known respected resident, and had some years ago followed the occupation, it is stated, of a lead miner in the Conway district. His demise is lamented by numerous relatives and friends. The funeral was on Tuesday afternoon when the remains were interred, after the usual service at the house, and in the Cemetery, the Revs Hugh Roberts, Holywell, and David Edwards, Flint, officiating

Llewelyn enlisted in Wrexham with the Denbigh Yeomanry, No 2088, before being transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. His regiment was posted to France where he was wounded in action and died on 28th October, 1918. He was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (Plot XXII, Row H Grave 9A).

He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and is remembered on two war memorials – Flint Town and Caersalem Chapel, Flint. He is also commemorated on the North Wales Heroes’ Memorial Arch, Bangor and is remembered on his parent’s grave in the Northop Road Cemetery (Grave 13, Line 29, South Side).

Jane Elizabeth died on 8th February, 1929, also at 85, Swan Street, and was buried with her husband.

Obituary: We regret to record the death on Friday morning at 85, Swan Street, of Mrs Jane Elizabeth Parry, widow of Mr Robert Parry. The deceased, who was 74 years of age, is mourned by seven sons and one daughter. She was a native of Meliden, and with her husband came to Flint about 20 years ago, and was well known and highly respected. She was a member of St Mary’s Parish Church, Flint. The funeral took place on Monday, when the Rev Gordon Astley, BA, officiated. A service was held at the house and also at the Parish Church.


Photograph taken at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery on the 16th April 2016 by Winston Ellis. (Flintshire War Memorials Battle site Tour)

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