The Williams Brothers

In 1890 a domestic Coachman, Jesse Williams who had been born in 1865 near Weston-Super-Mare, married Annie New, a girl born in Southall, Middlesex, but her Mother Esther Millard was a Woking Girl.

3 sons were born between 1892 and 1897 in the West Country, before Jesse died in 1898, Annie moved to Woking and was claiming Parish Relief whilst living in Board School Road at the time of the 1901 Census.

Annie married Samuel Robert Tutt in 1903, he was born 1871 in India and had just been pensioned off from the Royal Berkshire Regimnt at the Inkerman Barracks after an 18 year Globe trotting Army Career, and was using his Army Training as a Tailor in Civvy street. A son was born in Woking in 1906 to this marriage and by the 1911 Census the family are living on Anchor Hill in Knaphill.

The eldest Williams Boy was Arthur born 1892 in Bristol, in 1911 he was employed as a waiter, by 1915 he was a Private in 1st/5th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, and he died in Amara, Mesopotamia 21 June 1918 and lies in the Cemetery there.

The second son was Ernest was born 1895 in Mells, Somerset, in 1911 he was a Labourer and he enlisted on the 14 Sep 1914 and became a Lance Corporal in the 1st/6th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. he was posted missing presumed Dead on 9th April 1917 when the battalion attacked “Glasgow Trench” in the opening phase of the Battle of Arras. His body has not (yet) been recovered so he is remembered on Bay 2 of the Arras Memorial to the Missing.

The youngest Williams boy was Leonard and was the first to die as he was serving with the Coldstream Guards when he fell on 22 September 1916 at the Battle of Ginchy (A phase of the Battle of the Somme). His body was recovered in 1919 and he now lies in the Guards Cemetery at Lesbouefs, Somme France.

The boys’ Mother and Step Father moved had moved to Connaught Road, Brookwood and both died in 1923, whilst their Step-brother lived until 1965

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