Williams, William Maldwyn

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Llanasa

Name / Enw: Williams, William Maldwyn

Regiment/Catrawd: 17th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 241093

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Bagneux British Cemetery Gezaincourt

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: I.A.12

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals

Date of Death: 28th April 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

He died of wounds in Armentieres in France on 28th April 1918

William Maldwyn Williams was born about 1899 in Gronant. He was recorded on the census of 1911 living with his large family in Bethesda Street, Gronant, Prestatyn. Head of the household was Isaac Williams who was a lead miner. Isaac’s wife of 21 years was Catherine Ann who was 45. She had given birth to 10 children all of whom were alive and all of whom were still living at home. The listed children were Isaac 21 a Collier, John 21 a Collier above ground, Joseph H 20 was a Stone Cutter, Thomas C 18 was a Collier -Horse Driver, Emma Maria 15 Assisted at home, William Maldwyn was 12, Elizabeth Ann 10, Robert Edward 7, Arthur 4 and Dorothy 2.

UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms his regimental details . It tells he was born in Prestatyn and enlisted in Gronant. This source tells us he died of wounds in France and Flanders. His medal index card also on ancestry lists his two medals.

There is an index card for William Maldwyn Williams  in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden.It is filed with the Gronant cards. The card confirms the regimental details although it says he was a Lance Corporal which does not appear on any other sources. It gives the address as Bethesda Road Gronant and says that he served for 3 years and ‘joined at 16’.  This is the source that says he was wounded at Armentieres. The card was signed on the 18th September 1919 by K Roberts who signed all the Gronant cards.

He is also named on the Gronant  and the Picton memorials.