Herbert’s parents , William Foulkes and Sarah Jones married in 1856 in St. Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay .On the 1881 census Herbert was recorded as their youngest child. The father, William Foulkes 56 was a Grocer. Sarah his wife was 44. They had both had been born in Northop, Flintshire. The listed children were Thomas 23, Richard 18, John 16 ( a Fitter). William 14, Robert 12, Elizabeth 10 and Herbert 8 were scholars . Their home was in Coffin Row, (after Cable Street), Connahs’ Quay, Flintshire.
William, in the 1891 census was a widower aged 67 and still a Grocer, living in Coffin Row, which was close to Cable Street, Connah’s Quay. William was bilingual. The rest of the family only spoke English. His children were listed as Richard 27, William 23, a Baker, Herbert 20 was a Sailor (Seas), Lizzie was 18 and a housekeeper.
The 1901 census records just Herbert and Elizabeth, his sister, living at 19, Church Street, Connah’s Quay. Herbert 26, was head of the household, he was a’ Burnerman’ at the Chemical works. Elizabeth 27 was a housekeeper.
In the 1911 census Herbert was living at 19, Church Street, as a Brother-in-Law and not as the head of the household. Elizabeth had married Thomas Griffiths in 1903. In 1911 Thomas Griffiths 36, was listed as a Grocer’s Assistant. His wife of 8 years Elizabeth 37 had given birth to 3 children and they were still living. Sarah Gwendoline Griffiths 7, Elizabeth 3 and William Thomas was 1. Herbert was a Brother-in-Law in the household aged 36 and employed as a Bar Dragger.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk tells us that Herbert was born in Northop, resided in Connah’s Quay, enlisted in Shotton and was formerly 15254, R. Welsh Fusiliers. It stated his Regiment as Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment). His medal card also on ‘Ancestry’ details his medals and tells us that Herbert’s first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on the 28th September 1915.
There is an index card for Herbert Foulkes in The Flintshire Roll of Honour in The County Record Office in Hawarden. (Flintshire WW1 Index Cards. F17) tells us that Herbert died a Prisoner at Trelon Hospital. The card was signed by W.M. Fitzpatrick the local Customs Officer and Church Warden at St. Mark’s Church.
Herbert Foulkes is also listed on the Connah’s Quay and Shotton War Memorial. Follow the link to his ‘page’ there to read more about Herbert and to see photographs.
GERMAN PRISONER OF WAR CAMPS – Found on the Loughorough Roll of Honour, a mention of the Hospital at Trelon. This item is included as a point of interest and the soldier below is not connected in any way to Herbert, but it gives us an insight to conditions at Trelon Hospital.
Private 29454 Albert Henry Taylor
4th Bn, East Yorkshire Regiment.Died a Prisoner 18th September 1918, Aged 39.Buried Glageon Communal Cemetery Extension I. K. 6.
Albert was the son of Henry & Sarah Jane Taylor of 55 Leopold Street, Loughborough. One of deceased comrades, writing to Mrs. Taylor, says; ” Your son was taken prisoner at Craonne, on May 27th last year. We were kept working behind the German lines. Although he kept reporting sick the Germans would not let him go to hospital. On September the 13th we were sent to Trelon hospital, but all the wards were full and we had to sleep on some wet wood shavings on a stone floor. He asked for a piece of bread, and said, “I wish you would let me write home, I must have dozed off. When I woke up he was dead, and the piece of bread and jam was still in his hand. He died very peacefully, and I don’t think he was in pain.
Also this man was at the same hospital, by the sounds of it.
Cottenham War Memorial, Cambridge.
Arthur William RAYMENT Private, 119775, serving with 50th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), died whilst a prisoner of war at Langensaiza Camp hospital suffering from dysentery, lack of food and brutal treatment October 6 1918, age 20. He is buried in Plot 2, Row D, Grave 2 in Glageon Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Glageon is a village 3 kilometres west of Trelon, 11 kilometres south east of Avesnes and 56 kilometres east of Cambrai. Son of John and Mary Rayment.