Elam John Williams

Memorial: Kingswood - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: Royal West Kent Regiment

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 204407

Parents: Frederick Charles and Annie Williams

Home address: 35 Victoria Park, Kingswood, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Bootmaker

Date of birth: 1891

Place of birth: Kingswood, Bristol

Date of death: 30/06/1917

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy, Pas de Calais, France

Age: 25

Further information:

Elam was born in Kingswood, the only son of a shoemaker and the second eldest of seven children.
Elam first enlisted with the Norfolk Regiment and later transferred to the West Kents. He was described as height 4' 10" and shoe size 8.

Elam's Regiment was the 3rd/4th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)

Elam was killed in action during the second battle of Arras in which British troops attacked German defences near the French city of Arras on the Western Front. Initially the British gained significant ground but the battle soon became a costly stalemate with Elam being just one of 160,000 British casualties.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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