A WREATH was laid for a major general who died during the bloody battle of the Somme.
Charles Haskell, the director of the World War One Remembrance Centre at Fort Widley, went to St Andrew’s Church in Farlington to the monument dedicated to Major General Ingouville Williams.
Maj Gen Williams grew up in Purbrook – his family owned the land that is now occupied by Oaklands School.
Mr Haskell said: ‘When the war came he was one of the first generals on the battlefield. He was in a front-line trench when he was hit by shrapnel from a German shell and died. He was not one of the generals who was miles back – he was right on the front line.’
Major General Williams, who was nicknamed ‘Inky Bill’ by his men as it rhymed with his first name, died in July 1916.
Mr Haskell, who spoke in Guildhall Square last night, said: ‘Remembering those who gave their lives for their country during the First World War is crucial.
‘Their sacrifice enabled us to live how we do today, It enabled us to progress and create the League of Nations.
‘It’s important to inspire the youth of today to want to understand the sacrifice made by the generations before them to keep the memories alive and never forget.’