Parry, James Henry

James Henry Parry was born in Holywell, Flintshire during 1888.

The 1911 Census states that the family lived at 1 Red House, Holywell, Flintshire.   The head of the family was James Parry, a Widower, who was 56.   He was employed as a Woollen Carder in the Welsh Flannel Mill, Greenfield Road, Holywell.  (Carding involved getting all the fibres running in the same direction.  This was a skilled process involving the use of a brush with spikes, and was originally done by hand.  A Carder was normally a very experienced worker).  He had 6 children, Joseph Edward Parry aged 26, a Lead Smelter, James Henry Parry aged 23, a Woollen Card Cleaner, Margaret Jane Parry aged 20, a Flannel Weaver, Caroline Parry aged 17, also a Flannel Weaver.  They were all employed at the Welsh Flannel Mill.  Mary Ellen Parry aged 28 and Muriel Parry aged 14.

James Henry Parry subsequently married a Gwladys Mary Parry on 22 April 1912 and they lived at 13 New Houses, Strand, Holywell.

On 12 November 1918 a payment of £3.12s.9d was made by the War Office to Gwladys, this being monies owed to her husband James.  On 2 November 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £4.0s.0d was also made to her.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for James Henry Parry at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, containing very little information.   Details of his medals were obtained from (

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

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