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Priv Reginald William Williams

Priv Reginald William Williams

Birth
Birkenhead, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England
Death 10 Jul 1921 (aged 19–20)
Bunratty, County Clare, Ireland
Burial Cabra, County Dublin, Ireland
Plot Cenotaph, Panel 5. [Screen Wall]
Memorial ID 100157671 · View Source
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4179390 Private Reginald William Williams.
The Royal Welch Fusiliers.
2nd Battalion.

Son of Mrs. M. Williams, of 3, Abbey Green, Chester, England.

Commemorated on a panel at Grangegorman Memorial.
Buried in a field near Bunratty Cemetery, Co. Clare.

He died as a result of a motorcycle accident, the day before the truce between the IRA and British Forces came into effect.
The IRA blew up Bunratty Bridge in May 1921. The bridge was repaired, but again sabotaged.
On the afternoon of Sunday 10th July 1921, Williams was one of two motorcyclists who attempted to drive over the bridge, but fell into the Raite River. His body was found upstream [the river is tidal] three weeks later by a farmer, about 200 yards from the bridge. He was immediately buried by the farmer in marshy ground beside the river.
Despite a substantial search in 1925, his body could not be located.
A CWGC headstone to him was erected in Bunratty Cemetery in 1937.

See also
Private R.W. Williams

and
Private William Reginald Williams



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  • Created by: John
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100157671
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Priv Reginald William Williams (1901–10 Jul 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100157671, citing Grangegorman Memorial, Cabra, County Dublin, Ireland ; Maintained by John (contributor 47032041) .