Edwards, Glynne Allan

Glyn Allen Edwards was born in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, south Wales during 1892.

The 1911 Census shows that he lived at that time with his Uncle and Aunt at 58 Millbank Road, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was James Henry Chinnery aged 50, who was employed as a Railway Carriage Examiner.  His wife Harriet Caroline Chinnery aged 42, and their three children – Clifford Hampton Chinnery aged 16, a Railway Carriage Cleaner, Dorothy Sarah Chinnery aged 11 and Gladys Emily Chinnery aged 7.

Glyn Allen Edwards was also employed as a Railway Carriage Cleaner. The census also recorded that he spoke only English.

Glynn married Elizabeth Margaret Owen at St. Ann’s Church during the December quarter 1913. [North Wales BMD]

During August 1915, Glyn enlisted at the Recruitment Centre, Rhyl as Private No. 3282 Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Later he was transferred to the 29th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).

His death was reported in the Rhyl Journal of 21st September, as another who had made the supreme sacrifice. Glynne had joined the 2/5 RWF soon after war was broke out but was subsequently transfered to the Machine Gun Corps. He had served over two years in France.

On 20 January 1919, a payment of £19.5s.2d was made by the War Office to Eliza Edwards, being monies owed to her husband Glyn.  On 27 November 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £15.10s.0d was also made to her.

There is a Flintshire War Memorial Record of Service Card, for Glyn Allen Edwards at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, which is undated and unsigned.

Glynne is commemorated on Rhuddlan War Memorial, and the Royal British Legion Scroll of Honour [now in the Community Centre] He is also remembered on the Rhyl War Memorial, a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on the North Wales Memorial Arch [Rhyl Panel], at Bangor.

I am indebted to Sarah Hodnett of Rhuddlan Local History Club, for her assistance in compiling this record.

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