One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

One Name Study of Gronow / Gronnow / Goronwy

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
that is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed.Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915)
Arthur Gronow
1894 -10th July, 1916
Private.(17053) 11th Battalion Cheshire Regiment.Loving son of William Gronow & Martha Davies & beloved Husband of Hettie Howells.
Remembrance at Thiepval Memorial, FRANCE.

Charles Gronow
1896 - 12th November, 1916
Private.(14164) 5th Battalion South Wales Borderers.
Loving son of William Gronow & Ellen Draddy.
Remembrance at Pozieres British Cemetery. FRANCE.

Arthur Gronow
1886 - 8th February, 1916
Gunner.(25795) 63rd Trench Mortar Battery. Royal Field Artillery.Loving son of Evan Gronow & Eliza Rose.
Remembrance at Bethune Town Cemetery. FRANCE.

William Edmund Gronow
1888 - 11th August, 1917

Rifleman. (5027) 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. (Formerly, 11073 Lancers).Loving son of William Gronow & Rhoda Williams.
Remembrance at Ypres Memorial. BELGIUM.

Arthur Gronnow
1896 - 20th February, 1917
Private. (48575) 12th Battalion The King's Liverpool Regiment.Loving son of Robert Gronnow & Sarah Jane Thompson.
Remembrance at Thiepval Memorial, FRANCE.

Sydney Reginald Gronow
1887 - 26th January, 1917
Private.(STK/2207) 12th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).Loving son of Enoch Gronow & Alice Ann Bowen.
Remembrance at Loos Memorial. FRANCE.

Charles David Gronow
1893 - 18th April, 1918
Temp.2nd Lieut. 55th Company Machine Gun Corps.
Loving son of Enoch Gronow & Alice Ann Bowen.
Remembrance at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery. FRANCE.

Bertram Evan Gronow
1896 - 28th May, 1917

Gunner.(810472) D. Battery. 110th Brigade. Royal Field Artillery.Loving son of Evan Gronow & Eliza Rose.
Remembrance at Westhof Farm Cemetery. BELGIUM.

Richard Stanley Gronow
1893 - 4th July, 1918

Lance Sergeant.(290054) 1st/7th Battalion Welsh Regiment.Loving son of William Gronow & Ellen Draddy & beloved Husband of Winifred Austin.
Remembrance at Bridgend Cemetery. South WALES.

Bert Gronow
1940, 28th May

Lance Corporal.(4072707) 8th Battalion King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster).Son of George William Greenow & Margaret Jones, Husband of Violet Harris
Remembrance at Adinkerke Military Cemetery, BELGIUM.

Kenneth Gronow
1916 - 28th November, 1943
Sergeant. (S/159171) Royal Army Service Corps.Loving son of Benjamin Gronow & Ellen Thornton.
Remembrance at Heliopolis War Cemetery. EGYPT.

Kenneth Edward Gronow
1925 - 25th July, 1944

Sergeant. (1890169) (Air Gunner.) 622 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit.Loving son of William Gronow & Beatrice Pavey.
Remembrance at Essey, Les-Nancy Churchyard. FRANCE.

Below is information about a few unsung heroes, if you have any family members you wish to add please contact me.

Robert Gronow
1921 - 1993

RAF Servicing Commando
Loving son of Harold Russell Gronow & Rose Williams & Beloved husband of Edith Broadhurst.

The RAF Servicing Commandos have received scant recognition from those who write about the Second World War RAF history, and yet they made a vital contribution to keeping the front- line aircraft flying at key times and in several theatres of war. On the 22nd January 1942 Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma, when he was Commodore Combined operations, recommended that a number of Servicing Commandos be created within the R.A.F. In due course 12 units were formed in the United Kingdom, together with a further 3 units in the Middle East Command. They comprised a total of some 2400 Officers, N.C.Os and other ranks, mostly volunteers, and all of them skilled tradesmen capable of working on all types of aircraft to keep them flying under all kinds of conditions. (Medals awarded: The 1939-1945 Star, The France & Germany Star, The Africa Star, The Italy Star, The Defence Medal & The War Medal.)

Edwin Gronow
Private. (6268) 2nd Battalion Welch Regiment
Loving son of William Gronow & Ellen Draddy & Beloved husband of Katie Bronwen Lloyd.

Edwin Gronow joined the Welch Regiment in 1900 in Bridgend. He was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal, with the following 3 State Clasps: Cape Colony: Awarded to troops serving in Cape Colony between 11 October 1899 and 31 May 1902. Orange Free State: Awarded to troops serving in Orange River Colony any time from 28 February 1900 to 21 May 1902. Transvaal: Awarded to those troops serving the Transvaal at any time between 24 May 1900 and 31 May 1902, who received no other clasp for action in the Transvaal. He was awarded the Kings South Africa Medal, with 2 bars; South Africa 1901: Awarded for service during 1901 towards the required service of 18 months; South Africa 1902: Awarded to those who served during 1902.
Edwin was part of the BEF, and he obtained the 1914 Star campaign medal - also commonly referred to as the Mons Star - was awarded by British authorities to those who served with either the British or Indian Expeditionary Force in France or Belgium between the outbreak of war in August 1914 and 22/23 November 1914. Most recipients of the 1914 Star - 378,000 were issued in total - comprised the so-called 'Old Contemptibles', i.e. members of the pre-war British Army;

Thomas David Gronow MC
1890 – 1977
2nd Lieutenant C. Company 2nd Battalion Border Regiment.
Loving son of Cornelius Gronow & Mary Jane Hughes Beloved husband of Violet Maud Reynolds

Thomas Gronow was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal – “For conspicuous gallantry on the 16th May 1915 at Festubert when he assisted to carry back several wounded men into safety under heavy fire and later when all the regular bomb throwers had been killed, he with great coolness and courage, used bombs to his best ability” London Gazette, 5th August 1915.
He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry for his actions on the 20 January 1917 – “For conspicuous gallantry in action. He carried out a dangerous daylight reconnaissance of the enemy’s position under heavy fire, and brought back most valuable information” – London Gazette 3rd March 1917. He was awarded a Bar to his MC on the 27th February 1917 –“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading an attack against a village. Although his clothing was twice pierced by machine gun bullets, he himself drove back an enemy machine gun team which was holding up the advance”-London gazette 17th April 1917.