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One of our followers has drawn our attention to her great-uncle, Isaac Leonard Williams, known as Len.

Williams was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Isaac and Harriet Williams (nee Corns). By the 1901 census he was living at Walsall Street, together with his parents and his older brother, William. His father, Isaac, was a sheet mill worker.

Killed in Action, Express & Star 17 Aug 1916

Killed in Action, Express & Star 17 Aug 1916

Williams enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9152) in 1912. When the War broke out, the Battalion was mobilised and posted to Europe. Williams was first wounded in June 1915, but recovered. He was killed in action on 29 July 1916 in Delville Wood, France, and he is buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, in France. Notice of his death was posted in the Express & Star on 17 August 1916.

He was posthumously awarded the Military Medal, details of which appeared in the London Gazette on 19 February 1917. Further details about this man, in particular the probable background to his Military Medal, can be found on this family history website.