Durcan, Edmund Lawrence

The 1901 Census on shows us that the Durcan Family were living at 1, Red Lion Cottages, Gemig Street, St. Asaph.

Head of the household is shown as James Durcan age 42  born in Swinford, County Mayo, Ireland, he was a Platelayer by trade.

His wife is shown as Mary age 40 also born in Ireland and their children Charlie age 11, Josephine age 9, Edmund age 6 and Gerald age 4 all born in St. Asaph.

The 1911 Census shows us that the family were still at the same address in St. Asaph.

James Durcan was still in the same trade, 51 years of age, his wife Mary  age 40 and the children still at home were, Charlie age 21 a Plumber by trade, Gerald age 13 and an addition to the family since the last census was Hubert age 7.

I found Edmund Durcan on the 1911 Census. He was an inpatient at the Royal Alexandra’s Children’s Hospital in Rhyl, 15 years of age.

British Army WW1 Pension records 1914-1920 on

Edmund Lawrence Durcan enlisted into the 5th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 12th December 1913 in Rhyl,  Flintshire, age 18 years 5 months. He gave his trade as Motor Mechanic,

Daimler Motor Co, Coventry, his next of kin given was Father James Durcan, Gemig St. St. Asaph.

His Regimental number was 1347.

Edmund served for 241 days in the 5th Bn., and was then dicharged as “Medically unfit for Duty” due to Bronchial Catarrh on 9th  August 1914.

He attempted to enlist again into the Royal Army Service Corps  in September 1914, his Regimental Number was DR/1686, but unfortunately he was discharged again as being medically unfit.

Edmund Lawrence Durcan died on 3rd May 1916 and is buried in Mount Road Cemetery, St Asaph.

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