THE FIRST WELSHMAN TO DIE IN WWI
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.