Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhosesmor Memorial
Name / Enw: Charles Williams
Regiment/Catrawd: 46th Coy Machine Gun Corps formerly Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Pte 37428 formerly 3599
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Maroc British Cemetery Grenay
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: II.N.9
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action aged 27 on 10th April 1918
Charles Williams of Rhosesmor, named on the Rhosesmor Memorial may also be the same Charles Williams who is named on two Sychdyn Memorials. (His name appears on the main Memorial at the Bowling Green and also on the one inside Bryn Seion Chapel). There is no proof however that the Rhosesmor Charles Williams is the Sychdyn Charles Williams. We tell his story on both Rhosesmor and Sychdyn pages of the website in good faith but ask if anyone can confirm or not that they are one and the same person, we’d be very grateful.
Charles Williams was born about 1890. He was recorded in the census of 1891 living with his family at ‘The Side of the Hill Berth Du, (Northop Parish). Head of the household was widow Harriet Williams who was 34. Her listed children were Ishmael 14 who was a Labourer at the Lead Mine, John 12 and Margaret Ann 10 were both scholars. Catherine was 4, Charles and Elizabeth were 10 months old.
Harriet’s late husband had been Charles Williams, a Lead miner. The couple had been recorded on the 1881 census living at Halkyn.
In the census of 1901 Charles was living at Top y Wern, Rhosesmor with his mother Harriet who was now remarried to Edward Blackwell. Both Edward and Harriet had been married before and their household was made up of children from both former marriages as well as children from that marriage. There were 12 altogether and they were a mixture of Williams and Blackwell. One of Charles’s stepbrothers was Allen Blackwell who also appears on the War memorial. Follow the link to see his page.
UK soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details at the top of this page, including his former regiment and number. It adds that he was born in Rhosesmor and resided and enlisted in Mold. This source tells us he was killed in action in France/Flanders. His Medal index card also on Ancestry lists his two medals. There is a note on the back of the card, dated 1922 saying that Army Records had requested authority to dispose of the medals.
The Register of Effects in which the Army calculated monies owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for Charles. It confirms his death date as above and lists three Legatees that shared the monies owed. They were Brother John, Sister Annie Parkinson and a Miss Lizzie Wright. (They shared £20..8sh.. 7d)
Who was Miss Lizzie Wright? We have traced an Elizabeth Wright born in 1895 and living with her family in Sychdyn. Is this the link to Sychdyn we have been searching for? Was she his fiancee? Can anyone help?
Follow the link to Charles Williams’s page on the Sychdyn site.