Altrincham WW1 

Joseph Williamson

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:05th Bn [1] ('B' Coy)
Name of Rgt or Ship:Cheshire Rgt
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:BelgiumGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Ramparts Lille Gate Cemetery, Ypres
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the March quarter 1877 in the St. Saviours Southwark R.D. -
ref: 1d/187.   He moved to Manchester c1898 and was employed by Mr. Edwin
Hole who was the head of the Lancashire Sandblasting Co, Manchester.

1901 Census - 12 Victoria Street, Rusholme, Manchester.   Boarder - aged:
24 - occ: Designer in ??????? Printers (Textiles) - born: West Newington,

He married Mary Tabitha Llewellyn during the December quarter 1902 in the
Bucklow R.D. - ref: 8a/353.   Mary was the niece of Edwin Hole and on Mr.
Hole's death, he became a Partner in the Company.   He had 2 brothers
serving - one a Sgt. in the Cheshire Rgt, who was the other Partner in the
Company.  The other brother was a Sgt. in the RFA.

1911 Census - 16 Hawthorn Terrace, Timperley.    Head of household -
Married - aged: 36 - occ: Glass Decorator (employer - glass embossing
company) - born: Newington, London.   Also Mary Tabitha Williamson - Wife -
aged: 43 - born: Kilvey, Swansea, Wales.

He was a member of St. Alban's Church, Broadheath, a committee member of
the Broadheath Conservative Club and the treasurer of the Pelican (Hotel ?)
Bowling Club 

Whilst in London, he was a member of the Queen's Westminsters, but on
moving to Timperley, he joined the 3rd V.B.C.R.    On the abolition of the
old Volunteer force, he retired with the rank of Sgt.    A year or two
later, he joined the Territorials as a private.   At the outbreak of war,
he went to France with the rank of Sgt. with the 5th Bn Cheshire Rgt.

MIC - states that he was posted to France on the 15th February 1915 and was
awarded the 15 Star, the BWM & the VM.

In a letter from Captain W.A.V. Churton of the 5th Cheshires, states that
Sgt Williamson was in trenches and was getting out at the back of the
trench when he was shot in the head as he raised his head above the parapet

Death reported in the 20/04/1915 edition of the Altrincham Guardian.  Photo
in the 23/04/1915 edition.

There is a Sergeant "B". Williamson listed on the Christchurch, Timperley
Memorial.   I cannot find a Sgt B. Williamson who died during WW1, so
believe that this may be Joseph Williamson??? so have added Christchurch
memorial to this record.  This may well prove to be incorrect.

M.I. - "Eternal honour give to those who died that we might live".

Memorials found on:
St. Alban's (Broadheath)St. Alban's - Vicar's List
Christ Church (Timperley)
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