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William R. Field born about 1898.1

Parents: Richard W (Head). a Railway Platelayer, age 33, born, Podymore, Somerset, England and Emma J. Field, age 33, born, Swansea, Glamorgan.  Daughter: Mable L. age 1 month, , born, Swansea, Glamorgan. Son: William R. age 3 , born, Llansamlet, Emma spoke both Welsh and Englsh, Richard and William only spoke English. Glamorgan.  Borders: Eliza Penny, age 73, born, Podymore, Somerset, England and Thomas Phillips, a Railway Platelayer, age 24, born, Llanycefn, Carmarthenshire, Wales. They lived at Bank Y Bryn, Langyfelach  (Parish of Llansamlet), Swansea.1

Parents: Richard William, age 42 and Emma Jane Field age 42, married 13 years,  had 4 children born alive and 4 children still living. Daughters: Mabel Lousia, at school, age 10 and Lilly Madeline, age 7. Sons: Willie Richard, at school, age12 and Archibald John, age 4. Richard spoke only English, the rest of the family spoke both Welsh and English.  Emma and the children’s birthplace given as Cockett, Glamorgan. They Lived at Somerville Villas, Raven Hill Swansea.2

Son of Richard William and Emma Jane Field, of Somerville Villas, Raven Hill, Swansea. Joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a Signaller, Service No. Wales Z/1799, on H.M.S. "Cynthia.". Died age 17 on 23rd February 1916, Memorial, Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England.3, 4 & 5

Willie Richard Field,1917.
Thank you to Sybil Bowler for use of the photo.

On Friday Mr. and Mrs. Richard Field, Suminerville Villas, Ravenhill, received an intimation from. the Admiralty to the effect that their son Willie had been drowned, through falling overboard a torpedo destroyer, shortly after setting out for night duty, and the communication added that the body had not been found. Having reached his 17th year, he joined the colours upwards of a year ago, previous to which he was employed as a clerk in Hafod Copper Works. He received secondary education at Gowerton County School. His parents, who are highly respected in the locality, have the sympathy of the villagers.6

A reception to two local soldiers— Private George Rice. Middlesex Regiment, and Seaman Edward J. Evans—was held at Calfaria Vestry. District Councillor James Jones, on behalf of the committee, presented both with wallets and Bibles.   Addresses were delivered by Messrs. Tom Williams (Llwyn Onen), D. Jones, school- master (Cockett), Ben Jones, and J. Davies (Bleak House).   A vote of sympathy was passed with the families of Private Alfred Rice (Swansea Battalion), Ernest Williams (Swansea Battalion), and Willie Field, being proposed and seconded by the chairman and Mr. Percy Sobey.  Solos were rendered by Miss Sybil Llewellyn, and recitations given by Hilda Hodges and May Nicholas.  A vote of thanks to the chairman was proposed by Mr. T. Thomas, and (seconded by P. S. Taylor.”7

MEDALS: Victory & British.8

1 1901 Census Wales
2 1911 Census Wales
3 UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
4 UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919
5 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
6 Herald of Wales and Monmouthshire Recorder Page 8 04.03.1916
7 Cambrian Daily Leader 30.03.1916
8 UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972