Humphreys, William Thomas

William Thomas Humphreys was born in Flint in 1886 and was the eldest of three children to Evan Humphreys and Jane (Evans). He was a first cousin to Private Thomas Humphreys.

In 1891 the Humphreys family were living at 40, Mount Street but by the turn of the century had moved to 81, Swan Street, by which time William was employed as a labourer.

His father Evan died on 7th February, 1907 after an illness of 13 years, and was buried in the Northop Road Cemetery. He was born in Flint and was a chemical labourer. He had been a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters for many years, and was accorded a Forester’s funeral.

By 1911 William was working as a packer at the ironworks in Shotton and was unmarried. He was also connected with the Welsh Wesleyan denomination of the Borough.

He enlisted at Dunwick, East Sussex in about December, 1914. He had served with the 2nd Welsh Horse Yeomanry, No. 1523, and the East Surrey Regiment, No. 28439, before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps.

In early April 1918 it was reported that Private Humphreys had been home on leave of absence from the Front in November, 1917. Soon after, he returned and the intelligence reached Flint that he was missing and that no news of his whereabouts was obtainable.

In mid-April, 1918 news reached the Borough that he had been killed in action at the Battle of Cambrai, France on 3rd December, 1917. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France on Panel 13. He is remembered on the Flint Town war memorial, the North Wales Heroes’ Memorial Arch, Bangor and his parents’ headstone in the Northop Road Cemetery, Flint (Grave 8, Line 14, South Side).

He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

William’s mother, Jane, was born in Bagillt and died on 6th January, 1927, aged 64, and buried with her husband and daughter Mary Elizabeth.

Mary Elizabeth died on the 21st November, 1930 at her home, 81, Swan Street, Flint. She had been ailing for about two years, but her death came suddenly, passing away in her chair while having tea. She was 40 years of age, and was very well known and highly respected in the town, and was a faithful member of the Peniel Welsh Wesleyan Church. For four years prior to her death she had occupied the position of cashier at the Empire Picture Theatre, Flint.

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