Lance-Corporal Fred Williams


War Memorial

The Tytherington Parish Magazine of February 1918 included the following entry:-

"Our deepest sympathy go out to Mr & Mrs R Williams of Brooke Farm, on the death of their son Lance-Corporal Fred Williams, of the Third Battalion of the Worcester Regiment.  His loss was all the harder to bear as the first account brought news only of a slight wound.  Unfortunately, however, Lance-Corporal Williams suffered from gas poisoning, and this infected his wounds and caused his death.  The officer in charge of his platoon writes of him as a fine soldier, and very popular with the men of his platoon, and how greatly they were overcome by the news of his death.  For nine years the late Lance-Corporal Williams had worked on the staff of Messrs. Howes and Co. timber merchants, Bristol."

Fred was born in Elberton  in October 1888, the youngest of five brothers (William, Robert, Arthur and Albert) and a sister (Mabel), moving with the family to Brook Farm, Tytherington in 1914.  He was living in Brislington in Bristol when he joined the 3rd Battalion Worcester Regiment (Regimental number 41409) .  He was married with a daughter who was born before he died but sadly never saw.  He died in Flanders on 19th January age 29, is buried in Etretat in France and remembered on the Tytherington War Memorial.


Fred Williams grave at Etretat in France Etretat Church