Williams, William Edwin

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William Edwin Williams

148, Sergeant, 14th Australian Infantry
Died of wounds, 31 August 1915, aged 30
Buried at sea (Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey)

CWGC registered (no family details recorded)

William Williams was born on 9 August 1885 in Abergele. He was the son of William Williams, a railway signalman and his wife Catherine. In 1891, the family was living at 7 Jubilee Terrace, Llandudno; William (junior – 5) had five siblings recorded; Henry (11), Fanny (9), Thomas (7), Ellen (2) and Catherine (11 months). From March 1893 until March 1899, William attended Lloyd Street School. In 1901, the family was living at 2 Albion Terrace; William, aged 15, was described as a grocer’s assistant. William later became a butcher, apprenticed to Williams and Williams. He did not feature in the 1911 Census for on 12 January 1911, he departed from Liverpool on the SS Afric bound for Melbourne, Australia. Two of his brothers, Henry and Thomas also emigrated to Australia. The Electoral Roll for Charlton, Victoria 1914 records that William was a butcher living at “Barrakee”, Charlton, Wimmera.

On 14 September 1914, William Williams enlisted in the 14th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force at Charlton, Victoria. His number was 148. The Battalion embarked at Melbourne on the SS Ulysses on 22 December 1914. The following month, the Battalion disembarked in Egypt. On 25 April 1915, the Battalion landed at Gallipoli. On 29 June, William was promoted to corporal and on 18 August he was promoted to sergeant.

William Williams was wounded in action on 22 August 1915 and admitted to the 4th Field Ambulance. He died of wounds on 31 August aged 30 on board the hospital ship HMAT Ascanius which was en route to Malta and was buried at sea.

Known memorials:

  • Australian War Memorial
  • Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

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