Pant World War 1 Roll of Honour – Morton Parish

The village of Pant covers two parishes, Llanymynech and Morton. The hall itself lies within Morton, which is centred on the church of St Phillip and St James in the hamlet of Morton a few minutes north of us.

Following our press coverage of the 2018 Remembrance service and the mention of the lost World War 1 plaque from the hall, we were honoured to be gifted the roll of honour document for Morton Parish. At the time the name of the parish was spelt ‘Moreton’.

This unique item was donated by Mr John H Davis of Crickheath. It had been in his family home since 1919. At that time the house was occupied by Tom Whitfield, (cousin to Mr Davis’ grandmother ) and his family. Tom was a pillar of the local Methodist organisation and would have known many of those listed on the roll as friends and neighbours.

The document was gifted to the hall charity ‘for use as it shall choose’. Due to its age and fragility, we have decided to place the original item in the safekeeping of Oswestry Town museum on long-term loan. We have had some basic conservation carried out to ensure that it will not deteriorate, and the museum will keep it in a secure environment.

We have placed a high-quality photographic copy in the hall so that everyone who visits can see the document. This page tells you more about the men commemorated.

The names are listed in order of their dates of death. Click on each name to see the commemorative certificate from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. These men are also commemorated on the war memorial pillar in Morton Churchyard. Inside the church is another version of this roll of honour, including the two Second World War dead of the parish.

Read about the men of the Llanymynech parish part of Pant lost in WW1 on this link. Information on the WW2 memorial plaque for the village can be found here.

Captain Charles Sidney Garnett-Botfield, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment

Born in Rochdale and baptised there on 3rd November 1887. Son of the Rev. Charles Ramsay Garnett-Botfield and his wife Ida Mary, of Morton Vicarage. He was wounded at Ypres on 31st October, and transferred to Boulogne with a shattered right leg. Sadly his condition worsened and he died in the hospital at Boulogne on 14th December 1914, aged 27. Mentioned posthumously in despatches for his gallantry in his last battle.

Unusually for a man who died abroad, his body was repatriated and he is buried in the churchyard at Morton. He is also commemorated on the memorials at Rossall School Chapel in Lancashire and Elleray Park School in Merseyside. More information and a photograph on this link. His gravestone is inscribed ‘Pro Patria’ – ‘for country’.

Private John Jones, 2nd Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

2nd Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, 6828. Born in 1881, son of John Jones of No 2 Railway Terrace Cottages, Pant. Before the war he was employed on the London and North-West railway at Trench crossing.

He had served for eight years and spent four months at the front. He was killed in action in Belgium on 9 May 1915, aged 34, having been hit by a shell that exploded in his trench.

With no known grave, he is remembered on the Menin Gate memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Panel 47 and 49. Uniquely among these men, he is also commemorated on the Llanymynech War Memorial.

Sergeant Elijah Thomas Biggs, 1st Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

(Recorded as Thomas Biggs on the CWGC records). Service number 5320. Born in Knockin on 23rd May 1886, son of Elijah and Mary. In 1891 they were living in Prospect Cottages, Welshpool, and he enlisted from the town. Killed in action 25th May 1915. With no known grave, commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainault, Belgium.

Private John Robert Probert, 1st Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers

Service number 6160.  Born 4th January 1879, son of John and Emma Probert of Ty Coch, Llynclys. Baptized as a Methodist on 30th March 1879. Married Edith Ann Evison in 1910 – she later lived at 41 Council Houses, St Martins. In 1911 he had been a boarder at Ferndale in Pant with the Clark family, and was recorded as a ‘rockman’, working at the quarry at Porthywaen. Killed in action 25th September 1915 aged 38.With no known grave, commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Private Chas. Edward Wilfred Rowlands, 6th Batallion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

The second of the three sons of William and Mary Jane Rowlands of the Firs, Crickheath Hill. He was born in Oswestry in late 1893 and a groom by profession. Enlisted in Oswestry in November 1914, service number 15736. Landed in France December 1915. Killed in action 1st July 1916, aged 22.Buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, West Vlandeeren, Belgium. Also commemorated on the Llanyblodwel war memorial.

Private John Christopher Edwards, 1st Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

Service number 19790. Born in Morton in 1887 and lived at Gronwen Cottage.  He married Fanny (nee Whittall) in 1910 and was a labourer at Trelydan Hall near Welshpool. They had two small sons and a daughter who died in late 1917 at the age of three. He enlisted in Oswestry. Fanny was recorded at 2 Sycamore Cottage, Moreton, rather than Gronwen Cottage. She married Sergeant Chas Hackett in 1917. It appears that they later moved to Canada.

John Edwards was killed in action on 26th July 1916. With no known grave, commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium.

Private John Davies, Kings Royal Rifles

The Wildings, Sweeney Mountain.  Rifleman David John Davies, service number R/13072 of the 7th Battalion. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Davies. Born in Cardiff in 1896. Enlisted in Market Drayton. Died of wounds from the battle of the Somme on 15th September 1916, aged 19. Buried at Guard’s Cemetery, Somme, France.

Private Thomas Lewis Jones, 1st Battallion Shropshire Yeomanry

Service number 1748, born in 1882. Husband of Martha Ann Jones, of Chapel House, Sweeney Mountain. Died 24th October 1916 aged 34. Originally buried at Minia War Cemetery and reinterred in 1960 at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Private Henry Gittins, 8th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers

Service number 12567. Born in Llandrinio in 1892, the third of the five children of Elizabeth and George Gittins. He lived at Wern Villa, Crickheath. A butcher by trade, he enlisted in Wrexham, where he was living in  Chester Road in Gresford in 1911 as a boarder in the Roycroft household. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia on 28th March 1917, aged 26. With no known grave, he is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq, the Gresford War Memorial and also on the family headstone in Morton churchyard. His gratuity appears to have been left to his mother.

Private Robert Evans (Bob Edwards), 7th Batallion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

Service number 15694, from Treharris in Glamorgan. Died of wounds 13th May 1917. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery. Nephew of Mrs Mary Harris (nee Edwards) of Yew Tree Cottage, Moreton; she was listed as his aunt and sole legatee. (this is probably the ‘N Harris’ on the CWGC records). A Robert Edwards is listed at Yew Tree Cottage in 1891, the grandson of the household head John Edwards, Mary’s father.

Private Edward Roberts, Royal Garrison Artillery

Gunner Edward Roberts, service number 69903, of the 120th siege battery. Born in 1887, eldest son of Thomas and Sarah Roberts, Primrose Cottage, Sweeney Mountain. Killed in action on 12th August 1917 aged 30, buried at the Huts cemetery, West Vlandeeren, Belgium. His parents received a war pension for him – Sarah Roberts died in 1921, and Thomas Roberts then moved to Whittington until his death in 1927.

Corporal Arthur Pearce MM, 7th Batallion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

Service number 15695. Son of Mrs Mary Pearce of 2 Schoolhouse Bridge, Crickheath. Enlisted at Cefn in November 1914 and landed in France 19th December 1915. Died of wounds on 26th September 1917 aged 38, possibly as prisoner of war. With no known grave, he is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial, West Vlandeeren, Belgium.

He had a brother, Private William Pearce also of the KSLI, (service number 15696) who appears to have survived the war.

Private John Lloyd, 7th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

Service number 12356. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Lloyd of 3 Canal View, Crickheath. Born in Nobold, Shropshire and enlisted in Oswestry during October 1914. Landed in France on 24/07/15 with 6th KSLI. Wounded some time between 30th June and 1st July 1916 while in the Railway Wood-Y Wood sector, Ypres. Then posted to 7/K.S.L.I, but died of wounds on 2nd October 1917 aged 28. Buried at Lissenthojek Military Cemetery, West-Vlandeeren, Belgium.

Private Richard Thomas Lloyd, 5th Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

Service number 11417. Son of Mr R Lloyd of 3 Canal View, Crickheath – brother to Private John Lloyd of the same address. He enlisted at Shrewsbury into the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, and after training at Pembroke Dock was posted to their 5th Battalion, which was attached to 42 Brigade, 14th (Light) Division. The division saw active service at Loos and the Somme among many others. Richard was wounded during the final stages of the second battle of Passchendaele, and died at a Casualty Clearing Station on 23 October 1917. He was 30 years old, and is buried at Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Belgium. He is also commemorated on the KSLI memorial at Pembroke Dock.

Thank you to the West Wales War Memorial project for this information.

Lance Corporal Jesse Kendrick, 25th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers

Service number 355145. Formerly 2049 Montgomeryshire Yeomanry. Born in 1897 in Oswestry, the sixth and youngest son of Charles and Fanny Kendrick (nee Corbett), who had moved to Pear Tree Cottage Morton by 1901. Enlisted in the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry (service no 2049) on 5th March 1914 at Oswestry for a term of four years. Transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in December 1916. He died on 31st October 1917 aged 21 – he was first reported wounded but was then found to have died of those wounds at the batallion first aid post. Buried at Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel.

Jesse Kendrick’s records survived the WW2 blitz which is why we have some details. His parents were sent his effects: a muffler, a woolen cap, a belt, a hat, a gift box and photos. His medals were sent to them in 1922. The Reverend Garnett-Botfield witnessed the list of his relatives required by the government for a memorial scroll.

The inscription on his headstone reads ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course”.

Private William Lewis, 25th Batallion Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service number 355347, and formerly 2884 of the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry.  Killed in action 31st October 1917 aged 33. Buried at Beersheba War Cemetery. His headstone reads “Peace, perfect peace”. Married Catherine Davies in early 1915, and lived at the Wildings, Sweeney Mountain where he had been an agricultural labourer. She was awarded a weekly pension of 20 shillings for her and their son David William Lewis (1915 – 1998), and remarried to Edward Pugh in 1919 whose surname also shows on the CWGC records.

Private Robert Ellwood Ellison (Bob), Machine Gun Corps

He was baptised on 25th September 1898 at Moreton Church by the Reverend Garnett-Botfield, and was the son of John and Elizabeth Ann Ellison. At the time John Ellison was a schoolmaster and lived at School House, Moreton until at least 1911 with his sister Kate. His parents later moved to Tower View, Gobowen which is the address on the military records. His service number was 116042 in the 6th Battallion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), he had also served in the Shropshire Light Infantry as 33816. He was killed in action on 21st March 1918 aged 19 and his effects sent to his father. He is buried in Queant Road Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Private Tom Frederick Lloyd,  1st Batallion South Wales Borderers

Service number 41143 of Ash Cottage, Crickheath.  Born in 1898, son of Emily Maria Lloyd, stepfather David Robert Lloyd – Tom’s former surname was Mitchell. Died of wounds on 18th April 1918. Buried at Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Private Albert Edwin Higgins, 14th Welsh

Lived at Pear Tree Cottage, Crickheath. The nearest match is Private Albert Edward Higgins, 15th Battalion Welsh Regiment. He was born in Welshpool in 1897 and killed in action on 4th September 1918. Service number 56983 and also 3023 for the 1st Batallion Montgomeryshire Yeomanry. With no known grave, commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France and on the Morton War Memorial.

Private Arthur Jones, 5th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

Cockhale Cottage, Crickheath. No confirmed record found as yet – the 5th batallion was disbanded in February 1918 and the troops dispersed to other units. Nearest possible match: Private Arthur T Jones of the 7th batallion, service number 11416, died of wounds 7th October 1918 aged 26. Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Seine-Maritime, France. Son of Mr E Jones of Wrockwardine.  Arthur Jones was born in Kinnerley and lived in Cressage, so this match is not certain.

Note: This page is a work in progress. Further information or corrections are most welcome; please email secretary@pantmemorialhall.org.uk

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