Thomas Jones Williams

Language: Welsh & English
Rank & Number: Donkey man (Engine room rating who attended to the ‘Donkey boiler’)
Regiment: Mercantile Marine
Cemetery / Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial, England
Other memorials:

Thanks to Yvonne Williams, his Great Granddaughter for the photo


26th February 1917, aged 44 (drowned in the English Channel)

Life / Background:

Thomas was born in Glan Conwy and was the son of Thomas and Jane. He married Mary Prytherch in 1897 in Bangor, where they had a home at 23 Fair View Road.
Thomas was serving in the merchant navy and was aboard SS Algiers, a defensively armed merchant ship carrying ballast from Calais to Barry Roads in February 1917. They were 3 miles from the Owens lighthouse in the English Channel when she was torpedoed without warning and sunk with the loss of 8 lives including Thomas.

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