Williams, Charles Videon

Charles Videon’s parents were William J. Williams and Fanny Hewitt. They married in 1882 in Swansea.  ( Vol 11a, Page 848).

They were recorded  on the 1891 census living at 45, Little Madoc Street, Swansea Town, Swansea, County.   Head of the household was William J, 29 a House Painter. His wife, Fanny, 27 had been born in Connahs’ Quay, Flintshire. Their listed children were Mary J. 8, Charles V 6,  Latimer J.2 and Gertrude 1.   There were 2 lodgers, Ann Harris, 58,  a married Charwoman and Elizabeth A.Young, 12, a scholar.

By the 1901 census Fanny had come home as they family were living at 83,High Street, Connahs Quay,  Flintshire.  William J. Williams, 40 was still a House Decorator.  His wife, Fanny was 38.  Their listed children were  Charles V 16  also a House Decorator,  Latimer J 13 was a Clerk with a Ship Broker,  Gertrude was 11, Myra, 10,  Hilda, 8, Haydn, 6, Fanny, 4 and Harold, 2

Charles Videon Williams  married Martha Ann Davies in 1910 in St John’s Church, Chester. ( Cheshire West CE13/14/407)

The 1911 census sees the original  family  in Connahs’s Quay, living at 165 High Street. The couple, William & Fanny Williams had been married 28 years and 11 Children had been borne to them, and they still had 11 children living. William, 49 continued to be a House Decorator. Fanny his wife was 46. The children recorded  in the household were Myra, 19, Haydn, 15 was a Compositor, Fanny was 14,Harold  12,  Gwendoline, 6 and  Donald, 4.

In the 1911 census living at 6, Evans Street, Flint, Flintshire were Charles V. Williams, 26 a Close Annealer in the Iron Works and his young wife of a year, Martha, 26.  Their  only child Charles was 1 month old.

UK soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on lists him as Charles Bideon Williams. It confirms the regimental details at the top of this page. It is this one source that says he died on the 16th March 1915. Charles was born in Swansea and lived in Flint. He enlisted in Wrexham and was killed in action. His medal card also on ‘Ancestry’ details his medals and tells us that he entered his first Theatre of War on the 10th November 1914. This source says he died in May.

There is an index card for Charles in The Flintshire Roll of Honour in The County Record Office in Hawarden. (Card Flints F 105). The address given is  6, Evans St. Flint. It confirms his regimental details and says that he seved from the 1st September 1914 until his death on the 16th May 1915. He was Killed in action at  Festubert. The card  was signed by Martha A. Williams  on the 18th October 1919.

Please see Newspaper cutting 10th September 1915 County Herald,  where Charles is mentioned in the obituary for his sister Myra Margaret, She resided in Ryland Street, Shotton.

Connahs’ Quay & Shotton

Funeral of Mrs. Myra Margaret Jones, Shotton.

The funeral, amid numerous manifestations of deep regret, of Mrs Myra Jones, wife of Mr Donald Jones, and daughter of Mr & Mrs W.J. Willimas, The Quarries, Ryland Street, Shotton, took place on the 31st ultimo.   Mrs Jones, it will be remembered, passed away, after a very short illness on the 27th Ult.   The cortege left the house and proceeded to the New Methodist Connexion church, wherethe Rev J.B.Brooks, the pastor, officiate.   The hymes, “Art thou weary, art thou languid,” ands ” When the day of toil id done,” were feelingly rended.   Mr. E.T. Edwards, the organist, played most effectively prior to the opening of the burial office “O Rest in the Lord” (Mendelssohn), and as the remains were bing conveyed form the edifice, ” Th Dead March” ( in Saul).   The members of the Rivertown Congregational Church Choir, under the guidance of Mr DR Conway, contributing gratefully acknowledged assistance at the church.   The remains of deceased were borne from the house to the church and thence to the graveside by four bearers attired in khaki (Comrades of her father of the 2/5 Royal Welsh Fusiliers), viz, Lance-Corporal Emrys Price, Lanc-Corpaoral W Wainwright, Privates R Morris and enoch Parker.   The pathetic service was conducted at the St. Mark’s Cemetery, where the remains were consigned to their last resting place.   It may be here stated that the elder brother of the deceased, Lance-Corporal C.V. Williams, fell in action in Festubert, on May 16th, whilst another brother, Haydn Williams, is now serving with his Battalion at the Dardanelles.  Wreathes were sent by the following:- The Husband; From Mother, Dad, Sisters and Brothers (“We sorrow deeply, but not without hope.”); Mr & Mrs Jones; father & mother-in-law;Captain & Mrs J Manifold & Nora, Uncle & aunties and cousin; Geirge, Maggie, and Bertie, cousins; Harry & Madeline cousins; Mrs C.V. Williams, Flint, sister-in-law; Captain & Mrs W.J.Coppack, cousins;Captain & Mrs Albert Hewitt, cousins;Captain & Joseph Hewitt


Charles is also remembered on the Memorial Screen at St. Ethelwolds Church and the Flint War Memorial, but surprised he was not on Connah’s Quay & Shotton Cenotaph as his parents were living in Shotton

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