Maddock, William Frederick

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Andrew Moss

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Caergwrle

Name / Enw: Maddock, William Frederick

Regiment/Catrawd: The Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Corporal 25562

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: The Thiepval Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Pier and Face 4A

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1915 Star, Victory and British

Date of Death: 9th July 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action

William Frederick Maddock was the son of William James? Maddock and Mary Francis Moses in from the village of Hope. He was the middle of three brothers, Arthur James was born in 1891 and died the same year, William Frederick was born in 1883 and Percy was born 1889.

Using www.ancestry.com we can find William in the 1901 census living at the Red Lion public house in Hope with his grandmother Elizabeth Moses 63 who is the publican and his younger brother Percy 12 years old. William Frederick is 18 and listed as a brewers clerk

In the 1911 census William is 28 years of age and is still working as a brewers clerk. His grandmother Elizabeth is now a widow at 73 years of age; she is listed as a licenced Victualler of the Red Lion Hope. Percy Maddock is 22 and listed as a barman.

Red Lion Hope circa 1905

Red Lion Hope circa 1905

On 16th June 1915 at the age of 26 Percy Maddock unfortunately passes away, in his will he leaves his effects to Private William Frederick Maddock of the 17th battalion RWF, totalling £689 4s. 8d.

This is no record of when William enlisted in the forces, however his medal role card lists his entre in theatre of war as 4th December 1915 and he was killed in action on the 9th July 1916, a total of 7 months service.

Using the web page http://www.powell76.talktalk.net/mametz.htm

We find that the 17th Battlion RWF was formed in Llandudno on 2nd February 1915, training commenced in August at Winchester and during the first week of December left for France as part of the 38Th division 115th Brigade.
During the first week of July 1916 the 38th division was in the trenches looking at the task that faced them, the biggest wood on the Somme. Mametz wood covered an area of 200 hundred acres, from their positions in the trenches this would mean a downhill advance followed by an uphill attack to make contact with the enemy. The main battle started on the 7th of July which was repulsed by the Germans and resulted in 400 dead. An unsupported attack by the 17th division on the 9th of July was completely unsuccessful.
The fighting for Mametz Wood was over by the 12th July and cost the 38th Welsh Division over 4,000 casualties in four days.

It is likely that William Frederick Maddock lost his life during this battle.

His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

WF Maddock threipval

On July 1st 1987 a memorial to the 38th (Welsh) Division in the form of a Welsh Dragon, was placed overlooking Mametz Wood, at Mametz, Somme, France.

On July 1st 1987 a memorial to the 38th (Welsh) Division in the form of a Welsh Dragon, was placed overlooking Mametz Wood, at Mametz, Somme, France.