Williams, Harry

Harry Williams, Private 15262, 10th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, attd. “Hood” Bn. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Killed in action 21st August 1918 in France, aged 28

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of William and Elizabeth Williams, of 9 Market Square, Tremadoc, Carnarvonshire; husband of Cecilia Williams, of 43 South Park Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Harry (Henry) Williams married Cecilia McGuinness at St Alban’s Church, Macclesfield on 3 December 1917.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

Harry Williams enlisted on 7 September 1914 and was drafted to France on 27 September 1915. He was killed in action three years later on 21 August 1918.

The death of Private Harry Williams was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 27 September 1918:

Pte Harry Williams, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, has been killed in France. His wife, Mrs Cecilia Williams, resides at 49 Ryle Street, Macclesfield. A native of Tremadoc, North Wales, the deceased came to Macclesfield some time ago and served as boots at the Macclesfield Arms Hotel for eight years. He enlisted on September 7th 1914 in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and after training twelve months at Codford was drafted out to France, where he had served three years at the time of his death.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Harry Williams has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 6 of the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Harry Williams, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Private Harry Williams is commemorated on the Park Green and Town Hall war memorials. Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Madoc Vale, Porthmadog war memorial.

 

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SOURCES

Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC): Macclesfield Catholics CD – Marriage transcriptions
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 27 September 1918, 30 September 1921

 


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