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Phillip Arthur Williams
Age: 19
Rank: Private
Regti. No.: 2380
1914-1915 Star Medal Victory Medal British War Medal
Regiment: 1st (Rifle) Battalion The Monmouth Reg. (Territorial Force)
Medals: 1914-1915 Star, Victory, British War

Phillip Arthur Williams, a coal miner, second son of Mrs Mary Jane Williams of Syr Dafydd Avenue, and the late Phillip Williams, served in the 1st (Rifle) Battalion Monmouth Regiment (Territorial Force) arriving in France with the battalion in February 1915. In early May 1915 the battalion, part of 84th Brigade, 28th Division, (to the right of 12th Brigade) fought in the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge. On 8 May the brigade, stationed on a forward slope of the Ridge between Frezenberg village and Shell Trap Farm, on the flank of the British salient, was heavily bombarded by the enemy who then launched several assaults. The outnumbered units were gradually surrounded, and the remnants withdrew over the low crest of the ridge.  The battalion was almost wiped out; of the 588 soldiers at the start of the day 439 were killed, wounded or missing.  Private P A Williams (2380) was killed in action on 8 May 1915, aged 19. He is commemorated at the Menin Gate, Ypres and also on the Battalion War Memorial in St Woolos Cathedral, Newport.  There is a memorial at Roeselarestraat, north-east of Ypres, to the 203 men of the battalion who fell on 8 May, "Monthmouthshire's Black Day".

Additional information taken from the Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929

Phillip died in action at Verlorenhoek. His mother Mary Jane received £5 11s and 4d and a gratuity of £3.


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