THE FIRST WELSHMAN TO DIE IN WWI

South Wales Echo - - Wwi Remembered -

WIL­LIAM Wel­ton lived at 36 Som­er­set Street, Grange­town. Wil­liam was born on Oc­to­ber 11, 1894.

He was 19, work­ing as a Royal Navy stoker on board HMS Am­phion when the ship was sunk by a mine just 32 hours af­ter war was de­clared. He died along with fel­low Welshman James Skyrme, 33, of Llangwm, Pem­brokeshire.

Wil­liam was the first-born son of Pa­trick and Cather­ine Wel­ton and brought up at 36 Som­er­set Street.

Wil­liam worked as a lo­co­mo­tive cleaner on the rail­ways but joined the Royal Navy in Novem­ber 1912 and had been on the Am­phion for nearly 18 months. Nor­mally, he would have been trans­ferred to an­other ship af­ter 18 months.

That red let­ter date of Au­gust 19 never ar­rived, he was killed on Au­gust 6 when his light cruiser, clear­ing mines, hit a float­ing mine in the North Sea off the Thames estuary.

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