William Charles Williams VC

25/4/1915

William Charles Williams, a sailor from Chepstow, was awarded the Victoria Cross for an act of bravery during the landings at V Beach in Cape Helles, Gallipoli, on 25 April. Able Seaman Williams and three other men volunteered to assist Edward Unwin, commander of their ship, HMS River Clyde, to secure the lighters (flat-bottomed boats used to transfer goods and people from larger ships). He held on to the rope for over an hour in the sea under constant enemy fire. Able Seaman Williams was eventually mortally wounded and killed. He was described by Commander Unwin as the bravest sailor he had ever met.