James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Gwladys Mary Tyson (1891-1983) - 1

Gladys Tyson c1920 Gladys Tyson Mary and William’s eldest daughter Gwladys Mary Tyson who was born on 6 August 1891, was educated at ‘The Laurels’, a boarding school in Rugby. Two of her friends there were Hope and Ruth Glendinning, the children of George Peter Glendinning, a retired Scottish East India Merchant, and Willianina Grey Glendinning. They had a brother, Halbert, whom Gwladys met whilst staying with the Glendinning family in the holidays. Halbert had been born in about 1888, and educated at Rugby School before going out to India with the British army in about 1908; he was there for the visit of King George and Queen Mary.

Halbert Glendinning Halberts regiment returned to England during World War I. Like many other young men, the soldiers were in jingoistic mood and afraid the War would be over before they got back. He fought on the Western Front and was badly gassed at Passchendale and seriously wounded soon afterwards; in fact he was wounded twice. Thereafter his back was covered with red scarring and metal splinters would emerge in ensuing years; Gwladys would complain about the mess that this left on their bedding. Halbert (left) was Mentioned in Dispatches twice and was awarded two DSOs but, on the advice of his Divisional Commander, he accepted a brevet instead of the second DSO, a decision he very much regretted later.

A regular soldier in the Royal Field Artillery, Halbert was posted to India again in 1918 but returned to England to marry Gladys at St Matthew's, Bayswater, on 20 June 1920; the vicar was Gladys's uncle, Oswald Williams Owen. Gladys then made the three-week voyage to India on her own whilst Halbert went by troop ship. Their first son was born at Nowshera, NWFP, India on 24 October 1921 but their daughter Barbara Mary Glendinning was born at Ifield on 1 October 1924, when they were home on leave. By 1928, the family was back in England and Halbert became an instructor at Arsenal Branch Military College of Science in Woolwich; he later became Assistant Commandant. Their son Alexander David (Sandy) was born on 6 June 1929 while they were living at Eltham. Halbert was invalided out of the army with TB in 1931 when he held the rank of major. >