Sunday, 26 February 2017

WILLIAMS, Thomas Warwick

Died: 2nd May 1931
Age: 58

Interred in Bangor Cemetery

Thomas Williams was born in Dublin c1873 the son of John Williams and Charlotte Akermann.

In 1896 he received a commission as Second Lieutenant in the 5th (Irish) Liverpool Regiment (formerly the Liverpool Irish).

While the regiment itself was not sent to South Africa on the outbreak of the Second Boer War, over 220 men volunteered to go – of these 100 formed a service company attached the the Royal Irish Regiment. This company served for ten months and returned to Britain in November 1900.

A report in the Liverpool Daily Post of 18th May 1901 on the return of the "Liverpool Volunteers" by a Captain Thomas states, "We arrived at Cape Town on 16th March [1900], and went into camp at Green Point... Whilst here we met the Service Company of the 5th Irish, under Captain Williams."

Thomas was wounded during the campaign and was awarded the South Africa Medal with clasps for Wittebergen, Cape Colony and Transvaal.

In the 1911 census he is recorded as living in Southwell Road, Bangor, with his mother and two sisters.

On the outbreak of the Great War he volunteered to serve again.

After the war Thomas took up a role with the Ministry of Pensions, becoming Chief Area Officer in 1923. Also that year, on 27th September 1923, he married Miss Edith Brice.

He had a keen interest in sport and was a member of the Bangor Recreation Club, Bangor Rugby Football Club, Ward Park Tennis Club and the Bangor and Kirkiston Castle Clubs.

He died on 2nd May 1931.

WILLIAMS – May 2, 1931, at his residence, Inishowen, Shandon Park E., Bangor, Thomas Warwick Williams, Captain, late The King's Liverpool Regiment, and Chief Area Officer, Ministry of Pensions, Belfast, the much-loved husband of Edith Williams. Funeral private. No flowers please.
Belfast News-Letter, 4th May 1931

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