British war graves, Bodelwyddan
British war graves, Bodelwyddan
Most of the war graves outside the Marble Church in Bodelwyddan are those of men who served with Canadian regiments in the First World War and were stationed at the nearby Kinmel Park camp. To the east of the Canadian graves are the burial places of men who served with British regiments in the same war. See below for their details.
Some British people were buried among the Canadian war graves. They included Doris Quane, who was born on the Isle of Man and served with Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps.
Many of the British people buried here died at the camp’s military hospital or during training exercises in the vicinity. Most had no other connection with the area.
Three soldiers buried at St Peter’s Churchyard in Holywell have been commemorated here since 1970 by special memorials, which look the same as gravestones. Their details are included in the list of graves below.
Also buried in the churchyard are two men who died in later conflicts – the Second World War and the Falklands campaign. Their details are also shown below.
With thanks to Adrian Hughes and Steven John
First World War
- GH Armstrong, Private 62631. Died 31/12/1916 aged 37. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 3rd Bn. Son of James Armstrong of 49 George St, Moss Side, Manchester.
- J Beer, Corporal, WR/2000559, died 18/02/1919, aged 23. Royal Engineers, Railway Troops Depot. Son of James and Hannah Beer, of 4, Clytha Park Road, Newport, Mon. Buried among Canadian war graves.
- William Budd, Private 32568. Died 20/12/1917 aged 47. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 12th Home Service Bn, transferred to 62nd Bn. Training Reserve. Son of John and Caroline Budd, of Torrington, Devonshire.
- Albert Cleaver, Private 44240. Accidentally killed while on duty on 14/06/1916, aged 21 (war graves records give his age as 30). Welsh Regiment 20th Bn. Son of William and Annie Cleaver of 10 Brook Road, Ely, Cardiff. He and Sergeant James Willoughby, of Pentre, Rhondda, were killed while they stood at the top of a practice trench to watch a rifle grenade demonstration. The cartridge which should have propelled the grenade from the rifle burst the rifle’s barrel.
- Robert Thomas Davies, Corporal 36413. Died 05/11/1918 aged 24. Pembroke Yeomanry. Related to Mrs MA Davies of 1 Summer Hill, Brynford Street, Holywell. Buried at Holywell (St Peter) Churchyard but commemorated by special memorial here.
- Edgar Fisher, Private 9906. Died 27/06/1918 aged 30. Welsh Regiment 1st Bn, transferred to 544th Home Service Employment Company Labour Corps. Son of Mrs Fanny Fisher, of Broad Campden, Gloucestershire.
- Clarence H Greaves, Private 83763. Died 02/09/1919 aged 19. Cheshire Regiment 52nd Bn. Son of James and Catherine Greaves, of 116, Napier St. East, Oldham, Lancs.
- Percival Hanscombe, Private 59578. Died of illness on 13/04/1917 aged 36. Welsh Regiment 3rd Bn. Son of Edward Hanscombe. Born in London. Lived at Dingestow, Monmouthshire.
- William C Hext, Private 26768. Died at Kinmel Park Military Hospital on 15/03/1917 aged 16. Training Reserve 63rd Bn. Son of Philip Hext, of Oak Cottage, Glynmoch, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire. Born in Stocklanch, Somerset. Worked as a collier before enlisting in Cardiff in 1917 into the Training Reserve.
- Frederick Jaques, Private TR/3/110218. Died 27/10/1918 aged 18. Manchester Regiment 53rd Bn. Born in Workington, Cumbria.
- Philip Jarrett, Driver 59314. Died 12/10/1918 aged 21. Royal Field Artillery 2nd Reserve Bde. Son of Joseph and Mary Jarrett of 1 Liverpool Street, Deritend, Birmingham.
- A Johnson, Pioneer 328580. Died 03/11/1918 aged 40. Royal Engineers 4th Reserve Coy. Son of George and Anne Johnson, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. Enlisted at Philadelphia, USA.
- EN Jones, Private 1810. Died 07/06/1917. Cheshire Yeomanry. Brother of Charles Jones of 6 New Road, Holywell. Buried at Holywell (St Peter) Churchyard but commemorated by special memorial here.
- John A Jones, Private 2976. Died 29/09/1915 aged 30. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 5th Bn. Son of Ben Jones; husband of Sarah C Jones of 6 New Road, Holywell. Buried at Holywell (St Peter) Churchyard but commemorated by special memorial here.
- M Jones, Private 4/8959. Died 13/03/1917 Training Reserve 59th Bn.
- T Kay, Private 63635. Died 18/01/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 3rd Bn. Born and enlisted in Salford. Formerly of the Cheshire Regiment.
- GB Longman, Private 4/80333. Died of illness on 13/11/1918 aged 18. Welsh Regiment 53rd Bn. Son of Harry and Annie Caroline Longman of 108 King Edward Road, Swansea.
- Arthur William Martin, Second Lieutenant. Died of wounds on 14/03/1917 at Kinmel Park Military Hospital, aged 30 (war graves records give his age as 31). Welsh Regiment 61st Reserve Bn. Son of Thomas and Mary Jane Martin, of 95 Main Street, Cadoxton, Barry. Arthur emigrated to Canada before the war, and fought for 12 months with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders. His inquest concluded that the bomb which wounded him during training had probably failed to explode in an earlier practice session. His brother Frederick H Martin was killed in Flanders in April 1915. Another brother served with the Australian Expeditionary Force, and another with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
- W Noble, Private TR/4152371. Died 05/07/1918. Cheshire Regiment 51st Graduated Bn. Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, near Manchester, and enlisted in Bolton.
- John Leonard Nuttall, Lance Sergeant 13575. Died 25/06/1916 aged 34. Welsh Regiment 12th Bn. Son of Henry and Mary Jane Nutall (later Brereton), of St Asaph Lodge, Bodelwyddan. Born at Maidstone, Kent.
- John Alexander O’Connor, Private 82514. Died 21/12/1918 aged 42. The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 1st Bn, transferred to 376th Labour Company Labour Corps. Son of James and Maria O'Connor, of Liverpool; husband of Elizabeth O'Connor, of 13, Whitby Street, Tue Brook, Liverpool.
- G Owen, Private 78005. Died 13/04/1918 aged 18. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 4th Reserve Bn. Son of Griffith and Mary E Owen, of Tegfryn, Rhosneigr, Anglesey.
- GD Prosser, Private 87205. Died 25/06/1918 aged 18. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 4th Bn. Son of David and Kate Prosser of 23 New Street, Swansea.
- Doris Quane, Worker, 10515, died 19/04/1918. Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps, attached to Reserve Battalion Cheshire Regiment. Born on the Isle of Man. Enlisted in Warrington. Buried among Canadian war graves.
- R Ryan, Staff Sergeant A/1615. Died 03/09/1917. Army Ordnance Corps, attached to 59th Bn Training Reserve. Born and enlisted in Athlone, County Westmeath.
- Walter James Sheppard, Private 67866. Died 30/09/1918 aged 18. South Wales Borderers 53rd Bn. Son of Amos and Esther Lydia Sheppard (later Ridgway), of Brook Cottage, Oxford Road, Hay-on-Wye. Born in India.
- L Simpson, Private 4/8720. Died 03/03/1917. Training Reserve 59th Bn.
- JH Sutton, Private 63870. Died 13/01/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 3rd Reserve Bn. Born and enlisted in Manchester.
- John Thompson, Private 39774. Died 13/05/1916 aged 42. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 12th Bn. Son of J and Ann Thompson. Born at Altrincham.
- AP Townend, Lance Corporal D/4588. Died 01/08/1917 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays). Born in Hampstead, London. Lived in Deal, Kent.
- RH Williams, Private 693. Died 02/11/1918 aged 32. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 24th (Denbighshire Yeomanry Bn). Husband of Ellen Randles (formerly Williams) of Parliament Street, Rhuddlan.
Second World War
- Stuart Brassington, Lance Bombardier 14100186. Died 23/08/1947 aged 19. Royal Artillery. Son of Joseph Henry and Martha Brassington of Tunstall, Staffordshire.
- Anthony Burke, Lance Corporal. Died 8 June 1982, aged 23. Welsh Guards, 1st Bn. Died when the troopship Sir Galahad was bombed. Commemorated on the Falklands National Monument in Cardiff.
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