Williams, Owen

Owen Williams, I believe was born about 1882.

UK Soldiers Who Died in The Great War 1914 -19, accessible on  tells us that Owen Williams,was born in Holywell, his residence was Saltney, Chester and he enlisted in Flints. It also confirms the regimental information as detailed above. It says that he died at “Home”, meaning  the UK.  He is remembered on a memorial in Plymouth.

Owen Williams married Agnes Davidson in 1910 in a Civil Marriage at Hawarden (HAW/03/65)

The census of  1911 census, records an Owen Williams  living at 2, Victoria Road, Stone Bridge, Saltney, Nr, Chester. Owen Williams, 29 was head of the household and an Artificial Stonemaker who had been born in Holywell.  His wife of one year,  Agnes was 26 and had been born in Saltney.  Two children had been born to them and both were still living. Their listed children were  Margaret Elizabeth, 2, and Doris 9 months old.      There were 3 Boarders in the household, and I believe these to be Agnes’s siblings.  Alec, 24, Samuel, 20 and Margaret Elizabeth, 17 were  all Davidsons, and had  all born in Saltney.

William Owen’s medal card, accessible on ‘Ancestry’  gives details of his medals and  tells us that his first Theatre of War was the Balkans and he entered it on the 8th August 1915 . He  died in the UK about 6 weeks later.

There is an index card for William in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record office in Hawarden which states that he was ‘Killed in Action’. This is different from military sources. We do not know who wrote that.

It looks as if William went to Gallipoli but was returned to the UK for some reason. As a category of death in military terms, the word ‘died’ means that the cause of death was illness or accident. This is to differentate it from ‘killed in action’ or ‘died of wounds.

Can anyone help us to learn more about this soldier?


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