John Belton was born in Bwlchgwyn in 1888, the son of Thomas Belton. He worked as a quarryman and was living at Gors (sometimes written as Gorse), Gwynfryn, close to its junction with the Old Road and Fronheulog Hill at the Old Gate. When John Belton received his army papers his address was recorded as Minera because, at that time, Gwynfryn was in the parish of Minera.
Andrew Wadeson, a cousin to both me and John Belton, researched the long, difficult and ultimately fatal course of John’s service in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and his account is reproduced on these pages at https://hilaryshistorypages.wordpress.com/john-belton-ww1/
John Belton is not mentioned on our Bwlchgwyn memorial as he was not living in the village, but I have found that there is a memorial to him in Minera Church; a photograph of the memorial and some details of the servicemen listed thereon, can be see on the Clwyd Family History Site at http://www.clwydfhs.org.uk/cofadeiladau/minera_wm.htm
John Belton is laid to rest at Hermies Hill Cemetery, France.
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