Lucas, William Charles

William Charles Lucas was born in 1888 in Liverpool, Lancashire.

The 1891census on shows that the Lucas family were living at Chapel Cottage, Stottesdon, Salop. Head of the family was William Lucas age 30 born in Little Hereford, Tenbury, Worcester a Gardener by trade. His wife Annie (nee Fenlon) was 25 years of age born in Liverpool, Lancashire and their children were Charles age 2 also born in Liverpool and James age 10 months born in Stottesdon.

The 1901 Census reveals that the Lucas family had moved to 3 Mill Street, Saint Asaph, Flintshire. There had been some additions to the family, namely, Percy age 10, Sarah Elizabeth age 8 born in Malpas, Cheshire, Maria age 3, Mary age 1 and Baden Powell age one month, all born in Saint Asaph. Head of the household, William Lucas was still a Gardener by trade. William Charles Lucas was 12 years of age. 

Ten years on in 1911  the census shows that the Lucas family were living at Silverbank, Saint Asaph. William Lucas age 48 was still a Gardener, Ann his wife was 43 years of age and the children still at home were William Charles age 22 a Groom by trade, Percy age 19 a Gardener, Maria age 13, Baden Powell age 11 and two additions to the family, Thomas age 6 and Henry age 4 both born in Saint Asaph.

Record of Service Card held at Flintshire Archives Office, Hawarden.

This card shows that Private William Charles Lucas regimental number 11372 served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers between 20th May 1915 and 5th February 1917. He lived at Silverbank, St Asaph and was Deceased on 6th February 1917. This date conflict with CWGC records which state that he died on 5th February 1917.

Information from Matthew Lucas a descendant of William (Great Nephew)

Charles was a pre war territorial in 1/5th Welsh Regiment, enlisted in July 1915 in 3/1st Denbigh Yeomanry and transferred in Nov 1916 to the 4th Reserve Battalion RWF, died at Park Hall Military Hospital, Oswestry on 6-2-17 aged 28.

3/1st Denbighshire Hussars from Wikipedia website.

The 3rd Line regiment was formed in 1915 and in the summer it was affiliated to a Reserve Cavalry Regiment at The Curragh. In the summer of 1916 it was dismounted and attached to the 3rd Line Groups of the West Lancashire Division as its 1st Line was serving as infantry. The regiment was disbanded early in 1917 with personnel transferring to the 2nd Line regiment or to the 4th (Reserve) Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Oswestry.

William died at Park Hall Camp Hospital Oswestry after undergoing an operation for Peritonitus.

William was buried in Mount Road Cemetery, Saint Asaph.

William’s brother Percy served with1st battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers regimental number 3952. To read his story please follow the link.

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