We received an email from
Mike Smith who wrote:-
With all the current remembrance interest, I have
attached a photo of my late grandfathers regiment (he is the medic
at the front middle) and I think he was in the labour corps.
He served in WW1 as a medic and saw action. He went to war as
an underage teenager, lying about his age so he could
go. I remember him telling me a story about getting a bullet
through his shirt sleeve.
He obviously lost a friend – Billy
Williams, as he dedicated the attached poem to him. I
presume he was from Chasetown area.
My grandfather died when I was about 9 (now 47!)
Before he died he hand wrote the attached poem in about 1976. I
have always kept the paper it is written on, as it is very
precious to me.
I would love to know about his pal Billy and also if the poem was
written by someone else or penned by him. I cannot find it online,
so maybe he wrote it?
I notice that you are conducting some funded research and wondered if
the attached was of use or interest.
From the address on the poem it can be seen that the address given is 20
Countess Street Walsall, so it is unlikely that this William (Billy)
Williams is from the Chase area