1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

John Williams

Contributed by: Sean Jones, on 2008-11-12

Gunner Jack Williams
Rank
First Name John
Surname Williams
Year of Birth 1895
Year of Death 1916
Regiment Royal Field Artillery
Place of Wartime Residence Brynsiencyn, Anglesey

John's Story

Other memories

Sean Jones, Gogledd Cymru 2008-11-14

My great, great uncle John Williams served as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery.

He was killed on the 1st July 1916 in the first wave of Allied attacks on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He is buried and remembered at the Habuterne Cemetery, near Albert and Arras.

I met his younger brother who lived to be a ripe old age, and my mother tells me that he told stories of the postlady bumping into him en route with the telegram for their mother reporting Jack's death. Her words were simply "Mi fasa'n well ti fynd adra i fod hefo dy fam fy ngwas i..." ("I think you'd better go home to be with your mother my boy...")

Lest we forget...

Rest in Peace Uncle Jack.

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