Hague, William Allen

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William Allen Hague

570269, Private, Labour Corps
Formerly 18988, 16th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died of illness, 20 February 1919, aged 35
Buried at Llanrhos Cemetery

CWGC registered (Son of Anderson Hague RI, and Sarah Hague. Born at Deganwy, Carnarvonshire)

William Hague is not on the Llandudno Memorials. He died at Deganwy which was outside the Llandudno Urban District. However, he is recorded in this listing because he was buried in Llanrhos Churchyard.

William Allen Hague was born at Tywyn in 1884. He was the son of the landscape artist of the Manchester School, Joshua Anderson Hague and his wife Sarah Hague (née Henshall). In 1891, the family lived at “Vardre”, Deganwy; William (7) was recorded with five siblings: Tom (14), Anderson (13), Jesse (Jessica-11), Dora (9) and Arthur (1). William was recorded at the same address in 1901 and 1911 – in the latter his occupation is not given.

Details of William Hague’s army service are scarce. It is known that he joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with a regimental number of 18988 which indicates that he joined the 16th (Service) Battalion which formed at Llandudno in November 1914. William disembarked with his battalion in December 1915. On 28 July 1916, William was recorded at 11 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from debility; this indicates that he almost certainly fought at the Battle of Mametz Wood, three weeks earlier. On a date unknown, William was declared as unfit for front-line service and in circa July 1918 was transferred to the Labour Corps with a service number of 570269. He died of pneumonia on 20 February 1919 aged 35 at his home. He was buried at Llanrhos Churchyard.

Known memorials:

  • Llanrhos Parish War Memorial (Deganwy)

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