Williams, William

Little is known at this time about William Williams, other than was the son of Henry Williams and the late Mary Williams (nee Hughes) and lived at 5 Victoria Row, Bagiilt, Flintshire.He had been a Merchant Seaman for some 3 years 6 months.  ( Details obtained from his Roll of Honour Card).

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, which had been completed by a John Williams.

Addendum by – Mavis Williams – Also lost on the Red Rose were a Harry Hughes from Llandyrnog, son of Margaret Hughes and the late Henry Hughes; husband of Elizabeth Hughes (nee Parry), of 15, Field St., Holyhead. Born at Llandyrnog, Denbighshire.    Also taken from the Amlwch War Memorial Page on : –

On the 22nd May 1918 four Amlwch seamen were serving on the S.S. Red Rose – a steam cargo ship – travelling from Littlehampton to Le Havre with a cargo of government stores. She was torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat UB-57, and all four Amlwch sailors lost their lives.

Master, 12, Wesley Street, Amlwch30, Pritchard, Thomas, 

Pritchard, William, 60, Mate, Amlwch

Roberts, William, 29, Able Seaman, Parys Lodge, Amlwch 

Thomas, Henry Lewis, 40, Able Seaman, 18, Wesley Street, Amlwch


I am researching two Connah’s Quay Skippers who were also involved with this U-Boat, which looking at the history, was very dangerous to Allied shipping in the English Channel.  They were also in a battle off Littlehampton, which is relevant to the story, when on the 23rd March 1918, the U-Boat surfaced and tried to sink two Schooners, the “Mary Ann Mandle, but the schooner which had a 6lb gun on board, retaliated, with the Mary St. Clair (Sinclair), exchanged fire and managed, with the help of a Royal Navy Cruiser, who saw the encounter, to see U-Boat off, but the Mary Ann Mandle’s foremast was hit and crashed onto the deck, just missing the crew.   The 2 Skippers, Edward John HUGHES and Samuel SHAW, from Connah’s Quay, were “Mentioned in Despatches” and awarded the D.S.C. from the King at Buckingham Palace, and the Lloyd’s Meritorious Medal.

Fate of the UB-57.    14 Aug 1918 – Mined off the Flanders coast on August 14, 1918. 34 dead (all hands lost).   -The bodies of Captain Johannes Lohs and several other crewmembers washed ashore on August 22, 1918.

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