Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Warrant Officer Class II James Edward Williams, 1st/4th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment, was killed in action at Gallipoli.
One of nine children, he worked as a bricklayer before joining the army. He had served twelve years with the Reserve and was called up at the outbreak of the Great War. His battalion was formed in August of 1914 at Birkenhead, as part of the Cheshire Brigade, Welsh Division. They sailed from Devonport in July of 1915, arriving in Gallipoli on the 9th of August. There they very soon suffered heavy losses, and Warrant Officer Class II Williams lost his life in action at Suvla Bay. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula, and on the Birkenhead War Memorial for the men of the Wirral peninsula.
James, from Birkenhead in Cheshire, was 30 years old and married with two sons aged seven and three, and a newborn daughter.