Williams, Mesech

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Holywell War Memorial

Name / Enw: Williams, Mesech

Regiment/Catrawd: 10th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Corporal 14672

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: XV. Row: K. Grave: 6

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Date of Death: 20th July 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

He arrived in France with the Battalion on 27 September 1915 and was Killed in Action during the Battle of the Somme on 20 July 1916 aged 25 years.

Mesech Williams was born in Holywell, Flintshire during 1891.

The 1911 Census states that the family resided at 1 St. Winifred’s Terrace, New Road, Holywell.  The head of the family was Thomas Williams aged 49, a Colliery Hewer.   His wife Rebecca Williams aged 46 and their three sons, Thomas Williams aged 23, a Labourer, Mesech Williams aged 20, a Shop Assistant and William Williams aged 18, a General Labourer.  William, Mesech’s younger brother was also killed during WW1 and his name appears on the Holywell War Memorial.

On 7 June 1915 Mesech Williams enlisted with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at The Drill Hall, Halkyn Street, Holywell.

On 3 October 1917 a payment of £10.6s.6d was made by the War Office to Thomas Williams, this being monies owed to his son.  On 22 October 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £9.10s.0d was also made to him.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for Mesech Williams at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.  Details of his medals were obtained from www.forces-war-records.co.uk.

Holywell Williams Mesech 001

Plaque on St James’s Parish Church Wall Holywell



Thanks to Bill Rosedale for Photograph


Joseph’s grave visited by researcher June Brady in 2016

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