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Robert John Williams

WILLIAMS, Robert John

Robert John WilliamsRobert John Williams was born in Holyhead about 1869 to William and Jane Williams. In early 1900 he married Louisa Murphy from Holyhead and in 1901 they were living in Cambria Street where Louisa was listed in the census, with their newly born daughter Mary Jane. Robert was on duty as Carpenter on RMS Leinsterwhich was in Langton Graving dock in Liverpool on the night of the census. He was away from home again the night of the 1911 census, this time in Kingstown Harbour, again on RMS Leinster. Meanwhile a son, William Richard, had been born in 1905 and the family were living in George Street in Holyhead.

Robert John Williams had been working as a Carpenter for the City of Dublin Steam Packet Co since 1899, according to the Crew Lists in the National Archives of Ireland. That was his position on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October 1918. He did not survive the sinking, nor was his body recovered. His name is recorded on the Holyhead War Memorial and the Tower Hill Memorial. He received the Mercantile Marine Medal and the British War Medal.



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