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WW1 Commemoration Day
11 November @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The culmination of an initiative proposed by the Rotary Club will happen next Sunday, Remembrance Day, in Holywell High Street. Immediately after the wreath laying in Panton Gardens, there will be a a commemoration event to mark 100 years of the end of World war One.
The 3 primary schools in Holywell and Greenfield have put a tremendous effort into researching and preparing citations for all of the 54 soldiers named on the Holywell Roll of Honour and the Greenfield War Memorial. This will be a wonderful way of remembering those young men who went to defend their country and did not return. Lest there be any doubt of the impact, just take a moment to read the opening citation for Herbert Abbot. It just brings into focus what life was like for people just 100 years ago.
West Flintshire World War 1 Commemoration event – 1918 to 2018
Holywell High Street, 11 November 2018, 12.45pm to 2.30pm
12.45pm – ‘Holywell Town Crier’ opening announcement followed by Holywell Town Band performing ‘Camp Fire’
Introduction by Mr Peter Curtis. Citation: Herbert Edward Abbott
Ysgol St.Winefride’s reciting Yr Arwr by Hedd Wyn
Citations: L Stuart Ayer, John Boyes (St.Winefride’s)
John Jones, Robert Jones (Maes y Felin)
David Ames, Joseph Butler, George Davies, Herbert Davies (Maesglas)
Holywell Town Band perform ‘1914 March’
The Flint Ladies Choir perform ‘The Prayer’
Citations: John Conlon and D O Darley Davies (St.Winefride’s)
James H Parry, Samuel Pulford, Robert Rawson (Maes y Felin)
William Davies, Herbert Dykins, Joseph Edwards (Maesglas)
Ysgol Maes y Felin recite ‘Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae
The Flint Ladies Choir perform ‘Flanders Fields’
Citations: William Edwards, John Fowles, Joseph Garbutt (Maesglas)
Bernard Rafferty, John E Roberts (Maes y Felin)
Holywell Town Band perform ‘Nimrod’
Ysgol Treffynnon, Nathan Hall and Mabli Kadelka-Williams poetry recitals
Ysgol St.Winefride’s recite poetry they have produced
Ysgol Maesglas perform ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’, ‘Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’
Citations: John E Davies, Robert T Davies (St.Winefride’s)
Edward S Hughes, Richard Hughes, Caradoc Jones, J E Jones, John Arthur Jones (Maesglas)
Leslie Wallworth, Joseph E Williams (Maes y Felin)
Presentation from ‘Carmel and Holywell Woodcraft Association’ by Mr Edward Allen Hughes
Flint and Holywell Rotary Club President, Mr David Roberts, recites ‘My Boy Jack’ by Rudyard Kipling
Holywell Town Band perform ‘David of the White Rock’
Citations: John Richard Jones, John Robert Jones, Joseph Jones (Maesglas)
J Lawton Denton, Benjamin Edwards, Robert Edwards (St. Winefride’s)
John Llew Williams, Mesech Williams (Maes y Felin)
Holywell Air Cadets recite ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Wilfred Owen
Ysgol St.Winefride’s recite ‘A letter home – From Danny to Angharad’ from The Black Chair
Ysgol Maesglas recite ‘From a Mother to a Son’
Holywell Town Band perform ‘Suo Gan’
Citations: Oliver Jones, Peter Jones, Philip Jones, John Lancelot (Maesglas)
Edwin Williams, Hugh Williams, William Williams, (Maes y Felin)
David Evans, Arthur Fisher, Alfred Hinsley (St.Winefride’s)
Ysgol Treffynnon recital by Rachel Jones ‘Lament for Thomas MCDonagh’ by Francis Ledwidge (first 2 verses)
Holywell Town Mayor Clllr Rosetta Dolphin recites ‘Perhaps’ by Vera Brittain
Holywell Town Band perform ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’ by John Greenleaf Whittier
Citations: Walter Littler, Gordon Martin, Percival Vickers (Maesglas)
William Williams, Benjamin Walker (Maes y Felin)
William Hughes, Percy Jervis (St.Winefride’s)
Ernest Williams, Isaac Williams (Maesglas)
Ysgol St.Winefride’s recite ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ by Wilfred Owen
Bill Parry, Holywell & District Royal British Legion recites verses 2 and 3 from ‘For the Fallen’ by Lawrence Binyon
Ysgol Treffynnon recite verse 4 of ‘For the Fallen’
Reading taken from Flintshire War Memorials to commemorate West Flintshire soldiers who served in World War 1 and those fallen
Church recital of Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy poem and epilogue
Holywell Town Band perform ‘Night Fall in Camp’
Welsh National Anthem.
“To remember all who did not return”
HERBERT EDWARD ABBOTT
Herbert Abbott was born in Liverpool on 30 October 1899
In August 1903, Herbert, with his father, also Herbert, and his mother Alice moved to Holywell, living at Summer Hill, Brynford Street.
The family then had 2 more children – a son John William, and a daughter, Louisa Gertrude.
Nothing more is known about his father, but in 1911, his mother Alice was an inmate at the Holywell workhouse. This could only have been because the family was destitute. All 3 children, Herbert, then 12, John, aged 10 and Louisa, 7, were in a Children’s home known as Cottage House, which was close to the workhouse.
At the age of 13, Herbert started work as a trainee spinner at the Welsh Flannel Mill, Greenfield Road. Because he was now earning money, the family was reunited.
Some 12 months later on Monday 06 April 1914, aged just 14 years and 6 months, Herbert enlisted with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The records show he was only 5 feet and one inch high, but he was passed fit for military service.
Given everything we know about his upbringing, it is safe to assume that Herbert was undernourished and not really fit for active service. As further evidence we know that in 1915 he spent 3 months in a military hospital in France suffering from Pneumonia.
However, the front line needed soldiers, and he was discharged and sent back to his unit to fight.
Records show that Herbert was a front line soldier during the 3 battles of the Hindenburg line – the battle of Albert, the battle of Cambrai and the battle of Epehy
His luck ran out at the last battle, and he was severely wounded and died on Monday 16 September 1918.
He was just 19 years of age.
Herbert is buried at the St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, and there is a plaque for him in St James’s Church.
The following year, his mother Alice received outstanding wages for the time that Herbert was a soldier – just £19 pounds, 17 shillings and nine pence.