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Williams, Bernard Hallet

Bernard Hallet Williams was the son of the late Hallet Williams, a pastor at St John’s Congregational Church in the 1880s, and a grandson of W. Catherall, J.P.

Bernard Hallet was born in Sale, Cheshire in 1897. He was educated The Congregational School, Caterham, which had been founded to provide a boarding education for the sons of Congregational Ministers. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 17th July 1916 named as cadet Bernard Hallet Williams of the Inns of Court O.T.C. He died just over one year later on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres, 31st July 1917. The CWGC records 6199 allied servicemen died in Belgium that day, and 144 men from the Loyal North Lancashire are recorded on the Menin Gate.

Thomas Hallet Williams was born in Monmouthshire. In 1889 he married Bertha Catherall of Buckley, daughter of William and Mary Catherall of Prenbrigog Farm. After his tenure as pastor at St John’s Congregational Church he moved to Accrington, then Sale where Bernard was born, and then to Rock Ferry where died in 1904. In 1911 Bertha was living in Prestatyn, where she apparently lived until she died in 1952, age 87. Her daughter, Bernard’s sister, Gladys Hallet Meek died in 1956.

Bernard Hallet’s death was reported in the County Herald, 24th August, 1917

Minister’s son killed in action. News has reached Buckley that Lieutenant Bernard Hallet Williams had been killed in action. The deceased officer was the son of the late Rev. T. Hallet Williams, formerly pastor the Buckley Congregational Church. He was closely connected with Buckley, being the grandson of the late Mr. W. Catherall, J.P. who was a member of the well-known Buckley family, founders of the noted fire-clay industry of the district, and pioneers of non conformity.


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