Williams, Richard Henry

Richard Henry Williams was born in 1883 in Denbigh, Denbighshire.

The 1891 census on shows that the Williams family were living at 47, High Street, Denbigh. Head of the household Robert Williams, Widower, age 80 was born in Ruthin and was by trade a Publican. He lived with his Son-in-Law Richard Williams age 46 a Wheelwright by trade, born in Henllan and his wife Jemimah age 47 born in Ruthin and their children, Francis E. age 11, Richard Henry age 8 and Jane M. age 6, all born in Denbigh.

Ten years on we find Richard Henry Williams living with his married sister Francis and her husband at 11 Tower Terrace, Denbigh, he was 18 years of age and a Butcher by trade.

Richard married Margaret Foulkes in 1906 and they are shown to be living at  Mill Street Saint Asaph on the 1911 census.

Record of Service card held at Flintshire Record Office, Hawarden

This card shows that Richard enlisted on 4th December 1914 into the 1st Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. His address was 1 Mill Street Saint Asaph and he was a Private regimental number 6013. Killed in Action on 16th May 1915. The card was signed Robert Williams and dated 3rd March 1920.

Soldiers who Died in the Great War on Ancestry,

This document shows the same details as the Record of Service apart from the fact that Richard enlisted in Wrexham.

Richard died during The Battle of Festubert 15th – 19th may 1915.

The War Diaries clearly show the enormous loss of life during The Battle of Fetubert. Six officers and 247 men returned out of twenty five officers and 806 other ranks who had started the attack .

Richard Henry Williams was awarded The 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

Richard is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, pas de Calais, France.

Richard is also commemorated on the Denbigh WW1 War Memorial.

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