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.
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.