William Williamson

Name

William Williamson

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

09/08/1916
33

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Sergeant Major
5444
Hampshire Regiment
2nd Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

POTIJZE CHATEAU WOOD CEMETERY
A.27
Belgium

UK Memorials

Royston Town War Memorial
Not on the Baldock memorials

Pre War

Son of the late William and Rhoda Selina Williamson, of Baldock, Herts. He had served in the Army for 17 years and had been wounded in the Dardanelles campaign.

Wartime Service

On the night of the 8th/9th August 1916 the Battalion were in trenches at Potijze, on the outskirts of Ypres. They were subjected to a gas attack that came in two waves. The gas was particularly nasty, and is described as “corroding any exposed metal and killing both birds and rats”. The battalion suffered 125 men killed and 100 wounded in the attack.

Additional Information

His brother, Alfred Williamson, was killed in action on the 25th September 1915, whilst serving with the Middlesex Regiment. He is buried in the Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France.

Acknowledgments

Adrian Pitts, Paul Johnson