Williams, William

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

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

Name / Enw: Williams, William

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers and Royal Defence Corps.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Sergeant 240284 and 46864

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: St. Michael's Churchyard, Brynford, Flintshire.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: South part of the Cemetery.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Wales, United Kingdom

Date of Death: 1st December 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died on Sunday 1 December 1918 at The Military Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire aged 29 years.

William Williams was born on 3 March 1889 at Brynford, Flintshire.   His parents were Robert Williams, born 1859 at Brynford, Flintshire and Hannah Williams (nee Evans) born 1860 at Gronant, Flintshire.

The 1901 Census shows that the family lived in Lily Terrace, Brynford, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Robert Williams aged 42, who was employed as a Postman in Holywell, Flintshire.  His wife Hannah Williams aged 41 and their 6 (six) children – Edwin Williams aged 14, William Williams aged 12, Robert Williams aged 9, Myfanwy Williams aged 7, John Williams aged 4 and Hannah Williams aged 2 years.

Nothing is known of his school-days but he did become an Assistant School Master at Bagillt County School, Flintshire.

On 20 April 1914 he married Harriet Mabel Taylor, born 7 April 1891 of The Dolphin Inn, Whitford Street, Holywell, Flintshire at Rehobeth Chapel, Whitford Street, Holywell.

William enlisted as a soldier with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and later with the Royal Defence Corps, becoming a Lance Sergeant.  At some stage he was admitted to the Military Hospital, Oswestry where he died on 1 December 1918.  He was buried on 3 December 1918 at St. Michael’s Churchyard, Brynford, Flintshire.

Photograph taken of Sergeant William Williams headstone by Geoffrey Mitchell on Wednesday 19 August 2015.

William’s brother Edwin Williams served in the Canadian Infantry and was killed in action on 25 April 1915.  He is also remembered on the Holywell War Memorial.

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

Plaque in St James Church, Holywell.