Hetherington, William George

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Hetherington, William George

Regiment/Catrawd: 10th Bn RWF (formerly Denbighshire Yeomanry)

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 54846 (1447)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Thiepval Memorial

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

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 November 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died 28th November 1916

William George was born in 1887 in Liverpool. The 1901 census places him in Maes Derwyn Mold  with his family which consisted of his mother, widow Elizabeth  36 (Born in Crewe) and his six siblings Elizabeth 16, Margaret 11 Annie (?) 8, Minnie/Winnie(?) 6, Edith 4 and James 1.  The 4 youngest were born in Flintshire but the 3 older ones were born in Liverpool. The handwriting on this form is very difficult to decipher.  We can see, however, that the only breadwinner was William George who at 14 was working in the Tin Plate Works.

The 1911 census finds the family at the same address in Mold. Elizabeth says she is 44 and a widow. Living with her are Edith 14 and James 12. There are two additional children Hilda 9 and Louisa 7. There is a lodger Thomas Wilson 55yrs – a farm labourer. We have been unable to trace William George in 1911

His Flintshire Roll of Honour card  says he was killed on the Somme on 27th November 1916 and is signed by Mrs E Wilson. Did she marry the lodger?