Williams, Albert

Albert Williams was born in 1895 in Rhyl, Flintshire, North Wales.

The 1901 Census shows that the family lived at 14 Morfa Bach, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Sarah Williams (nee Pugh) a Widow and her two children – Albert Williams Aged 6 and Peter Williams aged 4 years.

By 1911, he was a boarder at 12 Church Street, Rhyl, Flintshire and employed by the owner of the property a Mr. James Barratt, a Milk Purveyor.

On 6 May 1913, Albert emigrated to Canada and sailed from Liverpool to Quebec, Canada on the White Star Dominion Line arriving there on 14 May 1913.

In 1915 he enlisted with 79th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.  On Thursday 12 August of that year he drowned whilst on a Battalion bathing parade in the Assiniboine River.  He never served abroad with the Battalion and was buried in Brandon Cemetery, Manitoba, Canada,

Albert Williams

Private Albert William’s headstone, Brandon Cemetery, Manitoba, Canada.

Albert’s name is also commemorated on Page 41 of Canada’s First World War Book of Remembrance. He is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales and on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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