William James Williams

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: 17 May 1893, either in Whitchurch, Shropshire or Nantwich, Cheshire.

Family: He was possibly the son of Daniel Williams and his wife Jane (nee Pilbury) of Nantwich. He married Margaret E Starkey for the first time in 1916, the marriage being registered in Whitchurch. Together they had two children John W and Thomas. By 1939 they had divorced; a second marriage is recorded in 1942 between William and Elizabeth, also registered in Whitchurch.

Residence: The 1919 Absent Voters’ Register has an address of 3 Prince’s Yard, Whitchurch; by 1939 Margaret was living alone with the two boys at 1 Churtons Cottages, Bark Hill, Whitchurch and lists her marital state as divorced. At the same time it would appear that William was living as a single man in Barker Street, Nantwich, Cheshire. In 1977 his address was 18 Highgate, Whitchurch.

Employment: In 1939 he was working as a farm labourer/cowman.

Died: First quarter of 1977 in Whitchurch Cottage Hospital and buried on 18 January same year in Whitchurch Cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, 4th Reserve

Rank: Not known

Service Number: 34805

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Other Information: The 4th Reserve of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry were formed from the 3/4th Battalion Territorial Force in April 1916. In 1917 they moved to Swansea and the following year to Pembroke Dock.

Medals and Awards

Presumed none as he would not have served abroad



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