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Beaumaris Church War Memorials

Anglesey, Beaumaris, St Mary's Church, Memorial to Captain Hugh Rowlands Williams 29th Regiment of Foot died Grenada died 1795 aged 28

Anglesey, Beaumaris, St Mary's Church, Memorial to Captain Hugh Rowlands Williams 29th Regiment of Foot died Grenada died 1795 aged 28

Within St Mary's Church in Beaumaris there are various war memorials to individuals, memorials to lives lost not only in the two great wars, but to other wars fought throughout the world for King and Country.


In 1762 - during the seven years war - the island of Grenada in the Winward Islands was won from the French, but over thirty years later on the 2nd of March 1795 a man of mixed race named Julien Fédon - led an uprising against the British. Intending to make Granada a Black Republic, he and his troops took control of much of Grenada. Half of the islands slaves joined the revolutionary forces of which 7,000 would lose their lives during the conflict. The conflict lasted until June 1796, when the British and their Grenada Militia allies took back control. The conflict - known as Fédon's Rebellion - had lasted for fifteen months. I believe that a number of the captured revolutionaries were hung and beheaded, but Julien Fédon was never captured, and may have escaped to Cuba.

Captain Rowlands Williams was born in 1767 in Arianwys, Llangelynnin in Caernarfonshire, the son of Sir Hugh Williams the 6th Baron Penrhyn and Emma Bridget Williams (nee Rowlands), also known as the Viscount and Viscountess Bulkeley.

Hugh Rowlands Williams joined the 29th Regiment of Foot, and was later posted on active duty to Grenada. Many of his regiment got sick with fever and men were dying on a daily basis. The regiment found a relatively safe place to take shelter at the Church of St David. On the 25th of May 1795 they were attacked, and as the commanding officer was sick, it was Lieutenant Williams who took charge. The church door was barred, and a number of soldiers with fixed bayonets were to guard the entrance. By morning the attackers retreated having lost 100 men in the battle, but Lieutenant Williams lay wounded, and he later died on the 12th of June 1795.



Anglesey, Beaumaris, St Mary's Church, Memorial Window to Major Richard Gerard Wellesley Williams-Bulkeley M.C. died in 1918 aged 30

Anglesey, Beaumaris, St Mary's Church, Memorial Window to Major Richard Gerard Wellesley Williams-Bulkeley M.C. died in 1918 aged 30.

Major Williams-Bulkeley - who was born on the 21st of July 1887 - served in the 1st Battalion of the Welsh Guards, and during his service was awarded the Military Cross, one of the highest decorations for bravery in Great Britain.

He was the husband of Victoria Alexandrina Stella Williams-Bulkeley (nee Legge), and the son of Sir Richard Williams-Bulkeley and Lady Magdalen Williams-Bulkeley of Baron Hill.

Richard was at the Battle of Loos, and died at another of the family's homes at East Finchley on the 28th of March 1918 of wounds received in battle. The record of where he was buried names East Finchley Cemetery and St Marylebone Crematorium, so I guess that he may have been cremated, and the ashes possibly scattered in the cemetery.

Anglesey, Beaumaris St Mary's Church WWI Memorial to Lieutenant John Edric Russell Allen who died in 1918 aged 27

Anglesey, Beaumaris St Mary's Church WWI Memorial to Lieutenant John Edric Russell Allen who died in 1918 aged 27

John Edric Russell Allen was the son of Peter Allen, part owner of the Manchester Evening News, and their main residence was at Davenham Hall, Northwich, but they had another home at Beaumaris, indeed, Peter Allen became High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant for Anglesey.

John Allen joined the 16th (Queen's) Lancers, and served in France and Belgium, rising to the rank of Lieutenant.

Captain Allen fought in the cavalry action at Moreuil Wood, and was wounded on the 30th March. He died of his wounds on the 8th of April 1918 aged 27 and was buried at St. Sever Cemetery in Rouen in France. He would never know that he had been promoted to the rank of Acting Captain.

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