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This article is associated with the life of Vernon Elias Owen (standing, 3rd from right in the photo). Click here to open his life history in a new tab.

I am grateful to Annette Edwards for finding this photo in a charity collection, for saving it from imminent destruction & for contacting me. By contrast, a photo of Vernon Elias Owen, which for decades hung in the vestry of St Hywyn, Aberdaron, the church where his father had been vicar, was removed during redecoration & lost.


UCNW Football Team 1913-14t

UCNW Football Team 1913-14a

(standing) J S Archer

R Stirrup (Sec.) - H L Williams - J P Roberts - V E Owen - J Ll Hughes - T J Jones (Treas.)

(seated) J E Bayliss - H V Jones (Capt.) - E Jones

(front) M Thomas - W J Hughes - N B Thomas (Vice-Capt.) - T J Griffiths - D G Davies

Click on a name, above, for some information about that person (Note: Those in red were killed in WWI).

Brief notes about the players:

J S A Joseph Scott Archer (1888 – 1947) WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): J Scott Archer (Huddersfield), enrolled 1910, Lt. Royal Garrison Artillery (R G.A.)

Birth: [Oswestry 1888, 4th qt]

From Huddersfield school,Joseph won a scholarship to Bangor University in 1910. 1911 census: George Archer (54), Baptist Minister, & Ann Emeline (44) resident in Huddersfield & Joseph Scott Archer (22), a ‘teaching student’, who had been born in Oswestry, was the eldest of their 7 children. Another son was George Eric Archer (18), a medical student (see probate, below)

Joseph probably became a teacher at Solihull Grammar School as in October 1915 he ceased to serve as a 2nd Lt in its Officers Training Corps. [London Gazette, 2 Nov. 1915]. On 30 Nov. 1915 he became a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Field Artillery [London Gazette, 8 Jan. 1916] & subsequently an acting Lt. before becoming a full Lt., backdated to 1 June 1916 [Supplement to the London Gazette, 20 July, 1917]. The London Gazette, 21 Jan. 1921 recorded that he had the distinction of being made a member of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, 5th Class, (almost equivalent to an OBE) by the Emperor of Japan, an ally of the British Empire in WWI.

Joseph married Marguerite W Revis and they had a son. He was living at Gwynant, Llangollen, Denbighshire, when he died on 11 April 1947 in the Emergency Hospital, Wrexham. One of the two people granted probate was his brother, George, then a consultant surgeon.

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R S Richard Stirrup (1883 - 1948). WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Richard Stirrup (Llangefni), enrolled 1909, Lt. R. Welsh Fusiliers (member of O.T.C. at university); Mentioned in Dispatches.

Birth: [Anglesey 1883, 1st qt]

His father, also called Richard, was in 1881 a Master Draper & Grocer, employing 1 man; he died, aged 58, in 1908. The following year, Richard deferred taking up a place at North Wales Baptist College, Bangor, but in 1911 Richard (28), unmarried & a Baptist student, was living at “Creigle” in his native town of Langefni, Anglesey, N Wales, with his widowed mother, Jane (53), a retired draper. With them was his cousin, Jane R Parry (15), born in Liverpool, who was a part-time student.

Richard was indeed studying for the Baptist ministry when, in September 1914, he enlisted in the North Wales Pals at Llandudno as a private, before being granted a second lieutenancy in the 12th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, at Wrexham in January 1915. As such he, together with a fellow officer, was selected to go to Nigeria to fight with the Gold Coast Regiment of the West African Frontier Force: in May 1916 he was appointed commanding officer at Kumasie, West Africa. For his involvement in the conquest of the Cameroons, he was Mentioned in Despatches in May 1916. The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality, 17 Oct. 1919, stated that in East Africa "he saw much active service and endured considerable hardship. He was demobilised and returned to college last April." Unable to attend the degree ceremony in July 1919, he attended a special ceremony for ex-service men that December, where he was awarded his BA degree.

During his war service Richard’s address was initially 14 Lowwood Road, Birkenhead: his sister Hannah (aka Nana) (1880 – 1927) had married the distinguished Methodist Minister, David Tecwyn Evans (1876 - 1957) and they lived in Birkenhead. However, by the end of the war his address was that of his mother, at “Creigle”, Langefni.

Richard married Jane Hannah Parry (his mother’s maiden name was Parry) [Anglesey 1933, 3rd qt] but there is no evidence they had any children. Richard of The Beehive, Llangefni, died on 15 September 1948, aged 65 [Anglesey East 1948, 3rd qt] & his widow, Jane, aged 71 [Bangor 1967, 2nd qt].

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H L W Hugh Lloyd Williams (1889 – 1968?). WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Williams, H. Lloyd, DSO, MC (Bangor), enrolled 1909, Lt.-Col. R. Welsh Fusiliers (member of O.T.C. at university).

Birth: Probably [Bangor 1889, 4th qt]

1911 census: Hugh Lloyd Williams (21) was a theology student & one of the 6 children of John Williams (56), an inspector of postmen, & Elizabeth (57). All were born in Bangor & the family was living near Bangor Cathedral.

In August 1914, Hugh was a 25 year old barrister. He was commissioned in the 9th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (the battalion in which Vernon Owen served) in September 1914 and subsequently trained at Aldershot's Senior Officers' School. He went on to command his battalion between October & December 1917.

As a Temporary Captain, RWF, Hugh was awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry in action. During several days of fighting his skill, courage and energy were invaluable. Though badly bruised by a fragment of shell, he stuck to his duty and continued doing fine work.” [Supplement to the London Gazette, 25 Aug. 1916]. As a Temporary Major he was awarded the DSO “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in temporary command of a battalion. His flank being exposed, with a quick grasp of the situation he threw back a short defensive flank and then, collecting troops of various units, personally led three counter-attacks against the advancing enemy. His gallant action checked the enemy and allowed his own troops to form a new line. His complete disregard of personal danger set a fine example and inspired the men with the greatest confidence.”

On 25 June 1918 (in Axbridge, Somerset) Hugh married Dorothy Marion Le Poer Trench, daughter of Major Hon. Frederick Le Poer Trench and Catherine Simpson. Dorothy Marion Le Poer Trench was born in 1895 in Perth, Scotland & had a distinguished Irish ancestry. She died on 19 January 1967 (in Chelsea), without issue. Hugh was a practising barrister and was invested as a Commander, Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.). In 1953 Hugh was appointed a member of the Civil Service Pay and Conditions (Members of Royal Commission) and in 1957 he was made a member of the Industrial Court and Industrial Disputes Tribunal. Hugh died on 2 December 1968, aged 79 [Westminster 1968, 4th qt].

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J P R John Price Roberts (1891 - 1977). WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): J. Price Roberts, DSO, MC. (Caernarvon), enrolled 1913, Major M.G.C. (member of O.T.C. at university)

John Price Roberts was born & raised in Llanbeblig (7 miles S.W. of Bangor, & 1 mile from Carnarvon), Caernarvonshire. He was less than 1 month old in the 1891 census [b Carnarvon ‘91, 2nd qt] & he was a teacher in 1911. His father, Rice Roberts, farmed Pen Bryn (aka ‘Pen y Bryn’) for several decades; his mother was Mary Ellen (née Ellis). John had a sister, Winifred, 5 years younger than him [b Carnarvon 1896, 1st qt].

John's dark complexion in the photo suggested he had lived abroad or enjoyed an outdoor life, perhaps on a farm. John’s WWI medal card confirms that this was the correct John Price Roberts, giving his address as ‘Pen y Bryn Farm, Carnarvon, N Wales’ (or ‘Peny bryn, Carnarvon’).

John was a Temporary Captain in the Machine Gun Corps when he was awarded the Military Cross [Supplement to the London Gazette, 5 July, 1918] “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the heavy enemy attacks, he performed magnificent work, and inflicted heavy casualties on the assaulting troops. This was almost entirely due to his organisation, resource and skilful handling of the .guns at his disposal. He never failed to select the enemy's most vulnerable points, and on one occasion brought fire to bear on an enemy field battery with effective results. He continually moved from gun to gun, cheering his men and watching for fresh targets to engage.” He still held this rank when he was awarded the DSO [ Supplement to the London Gazette, 16 Sept. 1918], “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He several times reconnoitred enemy positions under heavy shell and machine-gun fire. By his gallantry, determination and unflagging energy he encouraged all ranks.”

According to a somewhat vague family tree on the Net, which does contain some detail, John died on 7 November 1977, at Holywell old peoples home. The General Register of BDMs confirms that John P Roberts married Dinah Jones [St Asaph 1923, 1st qt] and that they probably had the following three children:

Arthur L Roberts [b St Asaph 1925, 4th qt] who married Delia Harris [Holywell 1971, 3rd qt]; Arthur Leslie Roberts (b 18 Sep 1925) died [Flintshire West, Feb 1997].

Cyril G Roberts [b St Asaph 1927, 4th qt] (possibly a late reg’n); Cyril Glyn Roberts (b 20 Aug 1927) [d Denbighshire North, May 1999].

Frank G Roberts [[St Asaph 1930, 2nd qt] & Frank Griffith Roberts (b 1 Apr 1930) d [Bury (Lancs) Nov 1996].

Dianah Roberts (b 18 Oct 1888) died [Holywell (Flintshire) 1969, 2nd qt] and John Price Roberts (b 10 Mar 1891) [d Delyn, Clwyd) 1977, 4th qt] (‘Delyn’ covered the Mostyn, Flint, Mold, Northop, & Holywell area of Wales).

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V E O Vernon E Owen Vernon Elias Owen (1893 - 1915). WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Killed in WWI. Vernon E. Owen, (Aberdaron), enrolled 1913, 2nd Lt. R. Welsh Fusiliers (member of O.T.C. at university) See my website.

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J L H John Llewelyn Hughes (1890 – 1960?). WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): J. Llewelyn Hughes (Llysfaen), enrolled 1910, Lt. R. Welsh Fusiliers (member of O.T.C. at university)

John Llewelyn Hughes [b Corwen (Denbighshire) 1890, 4th qt]

1911 census: Hugh Hughes (55), head teacher at a Church of England school, & his wife, Catherine Ann, both natives of Llysfaen, Caernarvonshire, were living in Llysfaen with their 3 sons & 2 daughters. One son, John Llywelyn Hughes (20, b Llansantffraid Glyn Ceirog, Denbigh) was a student teacher; John was aged 6 months in the 1891 census.

Death (possibly): John Llewelyn Hughes, aged 71, on 27 February 1960 at The General Hospital, Llandudno [Conway 1960, 1st qt] (age inaccurate so only a possibility). Probate for this John Llewelyn (aka Llewellyn) Hughes of 72 Maes-y-Llan, Permaermawr, Carnarvonshire, was granted to an architectural surveyor of the same name.

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T J J Thomas John Jones (possibly killed in WWI) The University College of Wales’ (Bangor) WWI Roll of Service 1914-18 lists 3 possibilities; they would be about 23, 25 & 24 years of age, respectively, at the time of the photograph.

1;  WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Jones, Thos. John (Penrhoslligwy), enrolled 1910. R. Welsh Fusiliers. [NB Penrhoslligwy, (or Penrhos Llugwy, Anglesey, 4 miles N.E. of Llanerchymedd & 6 from Amlwch. The village, which is of small extent, is situated near Red Wharf Bay and Ynys-Gadern.

1911 census: Thomas (20), a teacher, a native of Penrhoslligwy, was living there with his widowed mother, Mary (51, née Hughes) who was running a farm, his brother, Richard (21), a draper, & there was a resident worker who helped on the farm. I believe his father was a tailor & draper, Llewelyn Jones.

2;  WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Jones, Thomas John (Holyhead) , enrolled 1908. Lt. MGR.

1911 census: Thomas (22), a teacher, a native of Holyhead, was living there with his father, a mason & farmer, Robert Jones (56), his mother, Jane (58) & his brother David Richard Jones (24) who worked on the farm.

3;  WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Jones, Thos. john, MC. (Manchester) , enrolled 1910. Capt. R.F.A. (killed) (member of O.T.C. at university); Mentioned in Dispatches

CWGC site: Captain Thomas John Jones MC, Royal Field Artillery, "A" Bty. 122nd Bde, killed, aged 28, on 22/04/1918. He was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. (Additional Information: Son of the late Rev. Evan Jones (Congregational Minister), of Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Carnarvonshire.)

This Thomas John Jones was one of the 3 sons of Evan (his father is not listed with the family in the 1891 & 1901 censuses) & Martha Jones. (Rev. Evan Jones was ‘of Bryn Seion, Llanbedrog’ in 1899 [ Gwynedd Archives].) Thomas was born & raised in Llanbedrog & Richard William Jones (see probate) was his brother, 6 years his senior. In the 1911 census Thomas was a student boarding in Bangor.

Probate records state that Thomas, of 15 Old Hall Lane, Rushholme, Manchester, was a temporary lieutenant (acting captain) & he was killed in Belgium. Probate was granted to his brother, Richard, a sapper in the Royal Engineers.

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J E B John Edwin Bayliss John Edwin Bayliss (1892 - 1917). WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): John E. Bayliss, enrolled 1909, MC (Rhyl), Major R.F.A. (killed) (member of O.T.C. at university); Mentioned in Dispatches.

1911 census: John Edwin Bayliss (19), a student, born in Rhyl, was one of 4 children of Amy (47) & John Francis Bayliss (53), an accountant working for the UDC. (His father was also Deputy Town Clerk of Rhyl UDC).

b Rhyl, 17 March 1892; 1904, gained the highest number of marks in Flintshire for Entrance Scholarship exam for the County School (educated at the Rhyl National and County Schools); 1909, awarded a Tate Scholarship for Bangor University College; 1913, obtained a first class honours degree & entered the dynamite works in Ardeer, Scotland, as a chemist (one of the two factories of Nobel's Explosives Co Ltd, founded by Alred Noble); 1914, awarded the Dean Edwards’ prize & a fellowship for postgraduate study by the University of Wales; returned to university; Oct. 1914, obtained a commission as 2nd Lt.; underwent training in Ireland, went with the Guards Division to France & served with the BEF in France & Flanders; Aug. 1915, promoted Lt.; 25 Sept. 1915, fought in Battle of Loos; Nov. 1916, promoted Capt.; March 1917, promoted Major; 3 March 1917, his father died (probate granted to Edith Annie Bayliss); mentioned in Dispatches by General (later FM) Sir Douglas Hague [London Gazette, 18 May 1917]; awarded the Military Cross [London Gazette, 26 July 1917], for conspicuous gallantry & devotion to duty, in continuing to register for some hours the guns of his battery from an exposed position, where he was subjected to very heavy shell fire; 29 Sept. 1917, wounded at Ypres, serving with the RFA "A" Bty. 76th Army Bde.; (same day) died, aged 25, at No. 61 Casualty Clearing Station; (same day) buried in Dozinghem Cemetery.

His Colonel wrote: “Your poor brother’s death has been a great blow to me. He was a very efficient and gallant officer and we could ill spare him,” & a brother officer: “Everyone loved him. There were misty eyes in the mess when we heard the worst.” He was one of the many brilliant careers cut short by the war, & he was much missed in many circles.

[Main source: UK, De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, 1914-1924 & newspaper reports]

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H V J Harold Vivian Jones Harold Vivian Jones (1893 - 1916). WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): H. Vivian Jones (Builth Wells), enrolled 1911, 2nd Lt. R. Welsh Fusiliers (killed) (member of O.T.C. at university).

GR birth: Harold Vivian Jones [Builth (Breconshire) 1893, 3rd qt]

1911 census: Harold, one of 6 children, only 3 of whom had survived, was at Intermediate School & living with his parents Robert William Jones (54), a manager, & Agnes Annie Jones (49). He attended Builth County School & was a great batsman as well as a footballer.

Harold was made a temporary Second Lieutenant in Nov. 1914 [London Gazette 12 Jan 1915]; according to the CWGC site he was born in Builth Wells, Brecon & was 23 & a Lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 13th (Service) Bn. when he was shot in the head in the attack on Mametz Wood - part of the "the push" on the Somme - on 10 July 1916 and died almost instantly. He is buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz; the CWGC site records that his widowed mother subsequently lived at Beckbury," Copthorne, Shrewsbury. A newspaper reported: "Major R. O. Campbell, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, writing to Mr R. W. Jones, The Pines, Builth Wells, states "Vivian had a sweet smile on his face when we buried him that evening outside Mametz Wood, and he looked just like his old self, sleeping peacefully."" This comment is remembered in a poem to commemorate Harold's (see 'Features') written by the science master of Harold's former school in Builth Wells. The report of his death included this photo & described him as "a born athlete, fair and fearless on the football field, and always able to play his part in all games at school and college."

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E J Elwyn Jones (1892 – 1987). WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Elwyn Jones (Llanrhaiadr, Oswestry) , enrolled 1912, Capt. R.F.A. (member of O.T.C. at university).

Elwyn Jones b [Llanfyllin 1892, 1st qt]

1911 census: Elwyn Jones (19, b Llanrhaiadr), a pupil teacher, living with his sister & their father, Allen (57), a widower & building contractor, & a granddaughter of Allen’s, all at ‘Alma House’, Llanrhaiadr-ym-Monchant, Montgomeryshire.

Studied French at university. Elwyn was made a temporary 2nd lieutenant, RFA, in July 1915 [London Gazette, 4 Aug 1915] and was in Pwllheli training by August.

1939 Register: There was an Elwyn Jones, born 15 Feb 1892, who married Christine I Horwood in 1919. He was a Tax Inspector. They had a daughter & a son. This Elwyn Jones's death recorded - [Wigton (Cumberland) Mar 1987]

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M T Meirion Thomas Meirion Thomas (1894 – 1977). WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Meirion Thomas (Bangor), enrolled 1912, Lt. R.E. (member of O.T.C. at WWI university).

Meirion was born on 28 December 1894. His father, John, a lecturer & Vice Principal of Bangor Training College, was 21 years older than his mother, Catherine Anne, & he died when Meirion was six. Meirion had two older sisters Nesta (b 1890 in Grand Canaria) & Idwen (b 1891). In 1911 his mother (56), was running a boarding house at Plas Menai, Bangor, & Meirion (16) was a pupil at Friars School, Bangor. WWI: enlisted in SW Borderers; 2nd Lt 189th Coy Royal Engineers; Capt. H2 Royal Engineers. In France he embraced the national love of fine food & fine wine; he later became a gourmet cook, hosting dinner parties for friends & colleagues. After WWI he was awarded a football blue while at Trinity Hall, Cambridge whence he went to King’s College, Newcastle upon Tyne, at that time part of Durham University (lecturer 1924-43, reader 1943-46, Prof. 1946-1960). At Newcastle he headed a lively & talented START investigating plant metabolism; he was the first to coin the term Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAD). In his native village he became known as “Thomas the Book” after writing his classic textbook Plant Physiology (5 editions between 1935 & 1973). Elected member of the Royal Society on 17 March 1949.

He was a regular worshipper at the Cathedral or at the Welsh Chapel. He was more of a researcher than a lecturer, perhaps due to his natural shyness & reticence. His thoroughness & high standards inspired young research workers. He maintained his interest in sport as well as music & amateur dramatics. He never married and he died on 5 April 1977.

Incidentally, Meirion’ sister, Idwen Thomas, a music student in 1911, became a singer & in December 1912 she played the part of Lydia at His Majesty's Theatre, London, in the lyrical drama ‘Colomba’ by Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie. In 1911, Harold Almond Saville Wortley then a lecturer in education at the university, was a boarder with Meirion’s mother. Harold would become a professor & Principal of University College Nottingham (my alma mata!) (1935 – 1947), after whom Wortley hall of residence was named.

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W J H William John Hughes WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Hughes, Wm. John (Blaenau Festiniog), enrolled 1909, R. E. (member of O.T.C. at university)

1911 census: The only possible entry I have found, though it can only be correct if there has been a transcription error, is that of Hugh William Hughes (19), his occupation being 'Myfyriwr' meaning student, living, with his widowed mother, brother & sister, in Blaenau Ffestiniog where he had been born.

The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality, 18 July 1919, reported that "Mr W. J. Hughes, 29, The Square", Blaenau Festiniog, had been awarded a B Sc. Then, The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard (10 Oct. 1919) reported that William J Hughes, B.A. of The Square, Blaenau Festiniog, an ex-soldier, was returning to Bangor College to complete his honours examinations.

William had regularly played football for Blaenau Festiniog in 1910 and The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality, (7 Nov. 1919) reported that "the veteran" W J Hughes attended a match between his old team and Llanrwst but that he was "regrettably debarred from [playing] football as a result of wounds received in the war": Y Dinesydd Cymreig, 16th May 1917 had reported that William had sustained a broken foot as well as other serious injuries.

1939 Register: He was born on 10 Sept. 1891 and was a "training College Lecturer", living in Bangor with his wife and daughter; he had married Laurie Binns in 1925.

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N B T Norman Beattie Thomas (1893 – 1968)] WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): (not mentioned)

1939 Register: Born on 4 May 1893, GR [Bangor 1893, 2nd qt]

1911 census: Son of Hugh Thomas, purveyor of meat & farmer, & an Irish mother, Jeannie. WWI: Norman was in the Royal Army Medical Corps (promoted lieutenant in 1918 [London Gazette, 15 June 1918]). He studied organic chemistry at Bangor, graduating in 1915. The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality, 9 July 1915 reported that he was "at present a medical student at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and also a member of the R.A.M.C. Division of the University of London Officers' Training Corps". (Ibid., 31 Mar. 1916) reported: Mr Norman B. Thomas, B.Sc. (Wales), of Bulkeley-terrace, [Beaumaris] formerly a pupil of Beaumaris County Sohool, is among the candidates who passed the recent examination of the University of London in Anatomy and Physiology, being part of the second examination for the degree of M.B. of that university." and (Ibid., 4 Aug. 1919) reported: "Norman B Thomas, B. Sc., son of Alderman Hugh Thomas, Beaumaris, has ... passed the second M.B. examination of London University". In 1919, when applying for his WWI medals, Norman’s address was St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London EC1.

Norman's occupation was "Physician & Surgeon". He lived almost all his life in the same house, 3 Bulkeley Terrace, Beaumaris (a house fronting on Castle St, between Alma St & Raglan St), with his sister, Norah Gertrude Thomas; neither married. They were living there when Norah died on 11 December 1967 and Norman was still there the following year, when he died, aged 75, on 27 May.

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T J G Thomas John Griffiths WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): Griffiths, Thos. J (Bangor), enrolled 1910, Lt. R. Welsh Fusiliers (member of O.T.C. at university)

Thomas was a pupil at Friars School with Hugh Lloyd Williams, won academic prizes & represented the school at both football and cricket. One report in 1907 stated: "T.J.Griffiths, the inside left, is a very tricky forward, and a good shot, and of a very good line of forwards he must be given the palm". He was awarded a bursary at Friars School & then, in 1910 and aged 18, won a County Exhibition to Bangor University where he graduated 1st class Hons. in history.

1911 census: He was almost certainly the Thomas John Griffiths (19) who was the eldest of the five sons of Griffith (60), a blacksmith, & Magdalene Hannah Griffiths (46), living in Bangor in 1911. His occupation was given as 'Student' with 'In College, Teacher' crossed out.

He enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers; "Cadet Thomas John Griffiths, from Bangor University Contingent, Senior Division, Officers Training Corps, to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 12th September, 1915." [London Gazette, 11 Sept., 1915.]. He may have transferred to the Anglesey Volunteer Regiment by 1917 and been promoted lieutenant. [London Gazette, 13 July 1917]

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D G D D Garfield Davies, 1959 (David) Garfield Davies (1894 – 1972)] WWI Rolls of UCNW (Bangor): D. Garfield Davies, (Ruabon), enrolled 1913, Lt. Welsh Regt. (member of O.T.C. at university).

GR: David Garfield Davies was born on 7 Oct. 1894 in Glamorgan.

1911 census: By 1911 his family had moved to Ruabon, Wrexham, by 1911, where his father, Edward Thomas Davies, was a colliery manager. Garfield was the eldest of three surviving boys; two children had died in infancy. On the outbreak of war Garfield enrolled as a temp. 2nd Lt. in the Welsh Regt. in Sept. 1915 [London Gazette, 28 Sept., 1915] & served throughout the war. Subsequently Garfield taught history at Grove Park School, Wrexham, for many years, where he was affectionately known as ‘Gaffer’. For his service as an Observer Lieutenant in the Royal Observer Corps he was appointed OBE (Civil Division) in 1945 [London Gazette, 28 Dec., 1945]; I believe he became Area Commandant (N Wales). He may also have been a local councillor. Personal recollections include that he was a passionate follower of cricket and could easily be diverted onto that subject during lessons. He must also have retained his interest in football; the photograph (right) was taken with the school U13 Football XI in 1959.

In 1925 he married Ivy Libby Kate Jones. They had at least 2 children & the family lived at 47 Box Lane, Wrexham. Garfield was still living there when he died aged 78 [Wrexham 1972, 4th qt (b 7 Oct 1894)]

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