Other names: Percy
Locations in this story: Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersSomme, FranceParsons Pool, Shaftesbury
Story: Percy Williams was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12th April 1898 and baptised at St. James Church on 14th August 1898, the son of Albert Williams and Emily Charlotte Williams (née Hiscock). He spent all his early life in the Shaftesbury area apart from Military Service mainly at the family home in Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury. He enlisted and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No.80512). He is known to have joined the 130th Field Ambulance at Morlancourt, Somme, France, on 7th July 1916 and for a short time assisted the 131st Field Ambulance when the 38th (Welsh) Division fought at the Battle of Marmetz Wood during the 1st Battle of the Somme. On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. By the 1921 Census he was living with his married sister at 95 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, working as a Bricklayer for his Builder father. He married Florence Annie Taylor in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1925 and by the time of the 1939 Register they were living at 7 Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Builder. He died in Shaftesbury on 7th October 1978. His brother, Reginald Charles Williams, also served in the conflict.