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Albert and Oliver Williams

Albert and Oliver Williams were brothers.

Oliver Williams

Rifleman 4097 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Died 9 May 1915 aged 21
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Belgium
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Maryís Church

Oliver was born in Ash 1893, the son of Eliza Williams.

At the time of the 1901 census his family lived in Rosewood Cottage. His widowed mother Eliza was a charwoman, and the children were Thomas 15, Gertrude 10, Oliver 7, Arthur 5 and Albert 2. The 1911 census records that Mrs Williams was living at Oak Cottage in Wood Street.

The Ash Parish Magazine April 1906 records that Sidney Blake, Sydney Nash, Albert and Oliver Williams and Edward Young were amongst 35 boys who received prizes for good attendance at St Maryís Sunday School.

A form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee records that Oliver Williams joined the Army in 1909. Oliverís medals card records that he was awarded the 1914 Star, qualifying date 7 November 1914.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Oliver had previously served in India: and that he was the husband of Blanche V Williams of Gawers Cottages, Orsett Heath, Grays, Essex. His motherís address is recorded as Rose Cottage, Wood Street.

Albert George Williams

Boy 1st Class J/35239 HMS Black Prince, Royal Navy
Died 31 May 1916 aged 17
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Maryís Church
Remembered on the Ash Vale School Memorial

Albert was born in Ash in September 1898. He was admitted to Ash Common School 4 May 1903, and his younger sister Violet joined in 1907.

Albert Williams was one of the 35 old boys and evening class students from Ash Vale School who had enlisted and whose names were on the School Roll of Honour in 1915.

Albert Williams gave his date of birth as September 1898 and his occupation as paper boy, when he joined the Navy on 6 March 1915 aged 16. He joined HMS Black Prince just one week before it was blown up (TNA ADM/188/717).

The Surrey Advertiser 16 June 1916 reported that several Ash men had been killed in a great seafight. This was the Battle of Jutland. William Hunt, Fred Taylor and Albert Williams all went down on HMS Black Prince. George Russell went down on HMS Defence.

The Naval Medal and Award Rolls record that he had earned the 1914/15 Star. His medals were sent to his mother.

Albert was killed a year after Oliver. The Surrey and Hants News 18 June 1916, reporting Albertís death, also stated that Mrs Williams had 3 other sons serving. Arthur was in India and Thomas was in the Hussars and serving in France. She had only recently heard that Oliver had been killed the previous year.

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