Williams, Thomas Norman

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Thomas Norman Williams

37780, Private, 10th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died of wounds, 4 August 1916, aged 23
Buried at Llanbeblig Churchyard

CWGC registered (no family details recorded)

Thomas Norman Williams was born in Caernarfon in 1893. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Williams. The 1901 Census records the family living at 40 Pool Street, Caernarfon, Thomas (senior) being described as a farmer and butcher. Thomas Norman received a bursary at the County School and was later employed as a clerk with the London, City and Midland Bank at Porthmadog and Llandudno. The 1911 Census records Thomas Norman Williams (18) as a lodger at “The Bryn”, Abergele.

Thomas Norman Williams was attested for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 18 November 1915 at Llandudno. He gave his address as “Maenan House”, Lloyd Street, Llandudno. Put into the Reserve and given a day’s pay, he was allowed to return to his place of work. He was called up on 31 January 1916 and joined the 21st (Reserve) Battalion RWF at Kinmel Park on 2 February. He was posted to France on 16 June 1916 and crossed from Folkestone to Boulogne the following day, destined for the 38th Infantry Base Depot at Étaples. He joined the 10th (Service) Battalion RWF on 30 June 1916 at St. Omer. The 10th Battalion had formed in October 1914 and had been in France since September 1915.

Thomas was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the shoulder on 22 July 1916. The Battalion had fought the action at Delville Wood, Longuavel (Battle of the Somme) two days earlier. He was evacuated to England on HMHS Lanfranc on 25 July 1916. Sadly, he died of his wounds at the 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester on 4 August 1916 aged 23. His body was returned to Caernarfon and he was buried at Llanbeblig Churchyard on 8 August.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Siloh a Hyfrydle, Llandudno
  • Caernarfon War Memorial

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