Infants at Northop National School. The Piercy boys are standing next to each other with their arms folded (nicely) on the second row from the front. Griff is fourth from the left and Willy fifth.
Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Sychdyn
Name / Enw: William Piercy
Regiment/Catrawd: 9th Welsh Regiment
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 62408
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Chambrecy British Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: 111.A.5
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal 1914 -1920 Victory Medal 1914-1919
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
He was killed on the Marne (Western Front) 30th May 1918 age 19. Willie was firstly declared ‘missing’ for some weeks before finally being pronounced, dead.
The details known are very similar to his brother. Please refer to Griffith Piercy’s page. William died 5 months before his brother. He too is commemorated on the family grave in Northop Churchyard.
Many grateful thanks also to Mrs Jane Bradshaw, niece of Griff and Will for sharing with us so many photographs and artefacts pertaining to the two brothers. We have included some of her other photographs on ‘Sychdyn’s Homefront WW1 page’.