Edmund Williams

Language: Welsh & English
Rank & Number: Stoker 1st Class, K/37315
Regiment: Royal Navy (HMS Anchusa)
Cemetery / Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial
Other memorials: Glan Conwy Memorial pathway, Mochdre


16th July 1918, aged 24 (sunk off the Irish coast)

Excerpts taken from the following book:
Dr Bridget Osborne, We Will Remember Them… The Men of Eglwysbach and Llansanffraid who served in the Great War, 2016

Life / Background:

Edmund Williams was born in early 1894 in the Conway region. The CWGC records show that Edmund was the son of Griffith Williams, but the only Edmund living locally with a father of that name was a quarryman in Bethesda. The memorial records Edmund’s wife as Sarah from Mochdre and there is a record of Edmund Williams marrying a Sarah Williams in September 1916 locally.
Edmund served as a Stoker on HMS Anchusa. The Anchusa was a sloop, built in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1908. She was armed with two 4inch guns, two 12 pounder guns and depth charge throwers and could travel at up to 17 knots. However, this did not save her when she was torpedoed by U-54 off the North coast of Ireland. 78 of the 100 men aboard were lost and Edmund’s body was not recovered.