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Williams, Charles

Charles Williams was born in 1879. He was recorded living with his family in the census of 1881 at Checkoe Road Bronington. Head of the household was William 45, a Pump Maker who had been born in Manchester. His wife Charlotte (nee Acton) was 41. She had been born in Bronington. Their listed children were Edwin 15 ‘a Pump maker’s Son’,  Sarah J was 10, Thomas H 8, Margaret 6 and Charles was 3.

The next census of 1891 records the family living at Malt View Bronington. Head of the household was William Williams who was a 54 year old Well Sinker. His wife was Charlotte who was 50. Their listed children at home for the census were Charles 12 and Emma 9.

By 1901, 65 year old William Williams was a widower. His wife had died in 1894. He was still head of the household at Malt View. He was listed as a Pump Maker and Well Sinker. This census says he’d been born in Hanmer. Also in the household were his sons Thomas 37  and Charles 22 both Well Sinkers. Emma was 19.

The 1911 census records Charles Williams now Head of the household in Bronington. He was 32 and was listed as a General Labourer. Emma Williams, his sister was 29 and was ‘At Home’. Ivy Maud Williams was a 6 year old niece and Edwin Acton was a 45 year old boarder. (Acton had been the late mother’s maiden name).

UK Soldiers Who Died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms all the regimental details at the top of this page. It adds that he enlisted in Hanmer and this source tells us he Died of Wounds in France/Flanders. His medal Index Card also on Ancestry lists his two medals.

The Register of Effects in which the army calculated monies owed to deceased soldiers lists Charles Williams. It states that his sisters Emma Williams, Margaret Edwards and Sarah Winton received 16shillings and 5 pence each as did his ‘half brother’ Edwin Acton. Emma received an additional  £6 ..6sh ..4d as a ‘sole legatee’.

There is an index card for Charles Williams in The Flintshire Roll of Honour in The County Record Office in Hawarden. The address looks like The Choe Bronington. It is this source that gives us the apparently earlier regiment and number (see above).  On the card is written

“Went out to France November 1916. Missing since 13th November 1916”

The card was signed by an W Edwyn Jones on the 16th September 1919


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