Fellows, William Thomas (Junior)

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay

Name / Enw: Fellows, William Thomas (Junior)

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 12763,

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Thiepval Memorial

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

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British Medals and 15 Star

Date of Death: 20th November 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action:- 20th November 1916 in France.

FELLOWS, W.

William Fellows’s name high up on the wall at Thiepval Memorial, photo taken by Mavis Williams on the 12th April 2015

William T. Fellows, Jnr first appeared on the 1901 census, living at Arthur Street, Wimblebury, West Staffordshire   with his father William T. Fellows 28, a Coal Miner Loader (Hewer. C. Below)  and with his mother Susannah who was 28.  William Jnr was 7 and his brother Joseph H 5.  They had all been born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire.   However the family must have been in Flintshire briefly as his sister Violet, age 3 was born there.

By the 1911 census they had moved to Connah’s Quay probably for the work at the Steelworks and they were living at 6 Upper Brook Street. William Snr.was now 38 and a ‘Breaker Down’ at the Ironworks. His wife of 17 years Susannah was also 38. All  3 of her children  had survived. William was 16 and a ‘Scrap Cutter’ at the Iron works. Joseph was 15 and an Errand Boy.Violet was  13.

UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that he was born in Hednesford and enlisted in Shotton.

William’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details and also tells us that his first theatre of war was the Balkans and that he entered it on 28th June 1915.

There is an index card for William Thomas fellows (Jnr) in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. It confirms the regimental details above and gives the address 6, Upper Brook Street Connah’s Quay. It says he served from the 1st September 1914. The card tells us that he was ‘killed in action by a bomb on the 20th November 1916, whilst he was attending to a wounded soldier’.

William Fellows in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his mother Susannah who was paid £7. 8s 4d on the 2nd March 1917 and his War Gratuity of £9. 10s 0d on the 15th October 1919.

FELLOWS, William, named on the Memorial Plaque in St.Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay. – (I don’t know if it referred to Father or Son.)

William T. Fellows Snr served in the war and is listed on the Connah’s Quay/Shotton Memorial. Follow the link to his page on this website.