OLLIVER, Henry Morris – Gresford War Memorial

by Mavis Williams

I am going back in time to try to fill in Henry Morris (Harry) Oliver’s early years and if anyone can add anything to his story please get in touch through the website.

I believe that Harry, age 7, is first seen on the 1901 census where he is living at Home Farm Cottage, Bersham, Denbighshire, with his mother Emily, a widow, age 32 years, housekeeper and the sister-in-law of Edwin Jehu, also a Widower, age 37, a Stockman on the farm.    Also in the household was Edwin’s son, Samuel, 16 , a Slater and Plasterer.  They had all been born in Welshpool, Montgomeryshire.

I haven’t been able to find out how Emily is related to Edwin, as I cannot find a marriage for her, but believe that Henry Morris Oliver had been born in Forden in 1894 (Vol. 11b, Page 168).   The district Forden spans the boundaries of the counties of Montgomeryshire and Shropshire.

I did find a marriage of an Edwin Jehu and a Mary Elizabeth Oliver who had married in a Civil Ceremony in Welshpool in 1884 (Powys (Llandrindod Wells)POOL/08/68), so perhaps Emily was Mary Elizabeth’s relation.

I also believe that Mary Elizabeth had died 3 years after their marriage (Wrexham County Borough (Wrexham)WM/048/48) in 1887.   Their son Samuel was born circa 1885 and christened on the 1st February 1885 in Trelystan, Montgomery, Wales.

However, by the 1911 census Emily was not in the household of Samuel Jehu, neither was Edwin, so perhaps they both had died or moved away.

I found a marriage of a Samuel Jehu and a Jane Percival in St Mary ‘s Church, Plas Power, Wrexham in 1910 (Wrexham County Borough (Wrexham)       C29/01/26).

I contacted the, Vicar Rev’d Jason Bray of St. Mary’s Church, Plas Poer (Bersham) Wrexham who kindly provided some details from the Marriage Cerificate:-

The marriage took place on January 26th 1910. The witnesses were Edwin Jehu and Joseph Percival both having the profession of Bailiff.   Samuel was living at Clarke’s Farm, Wrexham and Jane at Canal Cottages, Croesnewydd, Wrexham.  Samuel’s profession was a slater.

I am grateful for the help I was given by Rev’d Jason Bray and Lloyd FitzHugh.

So by the 1911 census Samuel and Jane had set up home at 17, Saxon Street, Wrexham, Regis, Denbighshire (5 Rooms).   Head of the household was Samuel, 28,a Slater and his wife Jane, 28, who had been born in Wrexham, they tell us on this census that they had been married 1 year, and there had been no children born.   Harry Oliver, a Cousin, was age 18 years and a Moulder.

It seems that shortly around that time Harry was making efforts to join the Army as one of his Attestation papers say it was February of 1911 that he first tried.

On the Commonwealth War Graves and the Soldiers Effects a Lizzie Jarman is mentioned as his Aunt.    Try as I might I cannot find any definitive connection to Harry, except that she was born in Welshpool.   Although I have their marriage certificate:-

Marriage cert…………………………

She is shown on the 1911 census:-

1911 census RG14; Piece: 16149; Schedule Number: 167

5, Rose Place, Albert Road, Oswestry

JARMAN, Henry Lewis Head M 42 (Married 20 years) Upholsterer both born Welshpool, Montgomershire.

JARMAN, Louis Kizzie Wife M 37 (6 Children born, 1 died)

JARMAN, Elizabeth Sarah. Dau 19 Single Dressmaker born Oswestry, Salop

JARMAN, Henry Morris Son 14 School born Oswestry, Salop

JARMAN, Violet Louise Dau 10 School  born Oswestry, Salop

JARMAN, Hilda Murial Dau 4 born Oswestry, Salop

JARMAN, Phyllis Agnes Dau 2 born Oswestry, Salop

Any help would be gratefully accepted.

Researched an compiled by Mavis Williams.



During the First World War, Manchester contained between thirty and forty war hospitals, including the 2nd Western General Hospital and the Nell Lane Military Hospital for prisoners of war. Many of those buried in the cemeteries and churchyards of the city died in these hospitals. During the Second World War, there was a Royal Air Force Station at Heaton Park, Manchester. Manchester Southern Cemetery contains burials of both wars, the majority of them scattered. There are also separate plots for First and Second World War burials, but in neither case are the graves marked individually; instead, each plot has a Screen Wall bearing the names of those buried there. Each plot has a Cross of Sacrifice. In all, 775 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War, including 1 unidentified, and 475 from the Second World War, including 3 unidentified, are now commemorated in the cemetery; there is also 1 non-war service grave. The Screen Wall in the Second World War plot also bears the names of 177 servicemen and women whose remains were cremated. Further memorials in this plot commemorate 17 Polish servicemen buried there, and a number of casualties of both wars buried in other cemeteries and churchyards in the Manchester area whose graves could no longer be maintained. Casualties buried in the following cemeteries and churchyards are now alternatively commemorated on Screen Wall Memorials in Manchester Southern Cemetery: Ashton-under-Lyne (St Michael) Churchyard Extension Birch-in-Rusholme (St James) Churchyard Bury (Brunswick) United Methodist Cemetery Cheetham Hill (St Luke) Churchyard Eccles (St Mary) Churchyard Eccleston (St Thomas) Churchyard Extension Edgeworth Congregational Chapelyard Hey (or Lees) (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard Extension Manchester General Cemetery Newton Heath (All Saints) Church Cemetery Openshaw (St Barnabas) Churchyard Swinton Unitarian Chapelyard.

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