Gunner William Brown Wales, of 1 /2nd Royal Garrison Artillery,was born in 1876 in Aberdeen. By 1916, his Mother had moved to Dalmeny. William enlisted in Edinburgh as a resident of Dalmeny.
The Royal Garrison Artillery was armed with heavy caliber guns and howitzers that were positioned some way behind the front line and had immense destructive power. The 1/2 Lancashire Heavy Battery were initially attached to the 66th East Lancashire Division, however they left them on 5th January 1916. It is difficult to trace where they were after this date.
William was deployed to the Western Front and he was killed in action on 12th August 1917, aged 41, in Belgium.
William is buried in Grave Ref: V1. D. 6. Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.
His brother, Private Alexander Gordon Wales, 60th Battalion Canadian Infantry died on 15th April 1917 in France. He is commemorated on Liberton Memorial and Vimy Memorial, France. According to the Toronto Star of 2nd May 1917, he had helped to take Vimy Ridge and was about to leave the trenches for a rest. He was sitting on a railway embankment with 2 friends when a shell burst in front of them. Shrapnel pierced his brain and he was killed. His attestation papers say he lived in Toronto.
His brother, Private George Brown Wales, of 6th Seaforth Highlanders was killed in action, in the Battles of the Somme, on 25th March 1918. He is commemorated on Liberton Memorial and Arras Memorial, Panel ref: Row 20, Panel 8, Pas de Calais, France.
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