Richard John Williams, eldest child of Edwin Williams and his wife Jane, was born in Troedrhiwfuwch about 1893. According to the 1911 census, Edwin, born in Pontlottyn about 1867, spoke both English and Welsh, but, as his Cumberland-born wife Jane (whom he married about 1889) spoke English only, it is not surprising that their six children were monogot English.
In 1911, 18 year old Richard John, like his father, was described as a coal miner (hewer) while 14 year old Edmund was a coal miner (boy), presumably working with his father or older brother. His 15 year old sister, Lizzie Jane, assisted at home, younger brother Oliver, aged 9, was attending school, and the youngest brothers (Trevor aged 2 and Thomas aged 5 months) were at home.
It is not clear when and with whom, Richard John Williams enlisted for war service at Bargoed. He served as a Private (service number 18912) with Welsh Regiment 13th Battalion in France and Flanders where, sadly, he was killed in action July 10 1916. His name is listed on Pier and Face 7A and 10A on Thiepval Memorial, France and he is commemorated on the war memorial in his home village, Troedrhiwfuwch.
Further research may shed more light on the family, including whether or not the E. Wiliams (Rifleman) commemorated on Troedrhiwfuwch war memorial is a relative.