William Welsh

Name

William Welsh
1895

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

26/04/1918
23

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Chief Motor Mechanic
1688
Royal Air Force
7th Squadron

Awards

1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals

Cemetery/Memorial

BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY
IX. A. 29
France

Headstone

>EVER AFFECTIONATELY REMEMBERED REST DEAR ONE IN PEACE

UK Memorials

St Albans Citizens Memorial, Town Hall (old) Memorial, St Albans, Ayot St Peter Memorial, Roll of Honour, St Peter's Church, Ayot St Peter, Not on the Colney Heath memorial

Pre War

William Welsh was born in 1895 in Ayot St Peter, Herts, the son of John and Kate Welsh, and baptised there on 3 March 1895.


His grandfather was a farmer at Manor Farm in Ayot St Peter and the family were living at Manor Farm with his grandparents on the 1901 Census. By 1911 he was living as a Boarder at 83 Hartley Road, Luton, Beds with John and Alice Cooper and working as an Engineer's Apprentice.


His parents later lived at Vixendell, Roestock, St Albans, Herts.

Wartime Service

He joined the 7th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps as an aircraft mechanic and served in France from 7 November 1914. 


He rose to the rank of temporary Serjeant Major but died 'in the field' in 1918,  some records suggest that he died due to an accident. 



Additional Information

His father, J Welsh Esq. of Vixendell, Roestock, Nr St Albans, ordered his headstone inscription: "EVER AFFECTIONATELY REMEMBERED REST DEAR ONE IN PEACE" His father received a war gratuity of £31 and pay owing of £54 7s 10d.

Acknowledgments

Brenda Palmer
Gareth Hughes, www.ayotstpeter.com