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Willie Gro

I could not help but laugh when researching the above soldier

Sergeant  WILLIE WILLIAMS        (listed as William Williams on CWGC)

3/3017 1st Bn East Yorkshire Regiment

Willie was killed in action aged 35 on the 4th October 1917 during the Battle of Broodseinde (3rd -5th) October 1917. The war diary records the following casualties suffered by the battalion during the battle

Officers 3 killed 1 missing 5 wounded other ranks 36 killed 73 missing 172 wounded

Weather conditions rain and cold

Willie was born in Scarborough in 1882, his birth registered as Willie-Gro Williams the son of Elizabeth Williams

Willie’s marriage certificate records his father as Robert (deceased) family trees indicate that his fathers name was or was known as Gro , Willie’s sisters Edith’s birth was recorded as Edith Gro Williams and his sister Elizabeth’s birth recorded as Elizabeth Gro Williams

He was the husband of Alice Ann Williams (nee Firth) of 15 Maynard Street Carlin How Yorkshire, The couple married in Scarborough on the 9th November 1902

Willie can be found on the 1911 census residing with his wife and 3 children and two boarder’s  Garton Gallagher aged 25 and Thomas Gallagher aged 19 at 15 Maynard Street Carling How, employed as a ironstone miner

The register of soldier’s effects lists his widow Alice as the legatee of his effect (for wife and children)

The claimant of a dependant’s pension is listed as Alice (widow) of 15 Maynard Street Carlin How

With an allowance for six children Florence Mary born 22/10/1902 (born before wedlock) James -Arthur born 6/12/1905, John-Robert born 2/8/1907, Thomas-Garton born 25/10/1912, Margery-Elizabeth born 13/2/15 and Alice-May born 30/9/1916

Willie’s widow Alice married Garton Gallagher in 1926 (Guisborough reg dist)

Born Scarborough, enlisted Middlesbrough

TYNE COT MEMORIAL     (Middlesbrough war memorial)

Note whilst he is recorded  erroneously as William on the CWGC register his birth, census, medal roll, soldiers effects, WFA pension documents all record his true name as Willie his address is also erroneously listed as 35 Maynard Street on the CWGC  register

William, Willie his true name is also listed on the CWGC register as having served during the Boer war

Alice’s second husband, Garton Gallagher also served   Guardsman 15642 4th Bn Coldstream Guards Garton enlisted in Richmond on the 4th March 1915 whist residing at 15 Maynard Street Carling How Yorkshire, he served overseas and was transferred to England on the 23rd December 1917 for employment as a miner, On the 3rd January he was transferred to class P reserves to resume civil occupation as a miner for Pease and Partners at Loftus mines Cleveland






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  • 2 weeks later...

Will he grow tall enough to be a Guardsman :w00t:

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