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Williams, Mesech

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.

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Plaque on St James’s Parish Church Wall Holywell

 

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Thanks to Bill Rosedale for Photograph

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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.


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