On Christmas Day 1918, just weeks after the armistice, a Rhyl soldier wrote graffiti in the attic of Floreffe Abbey, Belgium.
Can the graffiti reveal history to us almost one hundred years later?
The soldier’s name, as you can see from the image, was William Whelan. You will also be able to make out that he served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and Machine Gun Corps.
After an enquiry from Belgium last week we have carried out some research. Records at Flintshire Archives show that William Whelan lived at 3, William Street, Rhyl. A census search shows that in 1911 William and his family were living at 30, Vale Road.
image by permission: Find my Past
Click on the image to discover more about William.
We think that this is William’s son (also William aka Willie) pictured in the second photograph of our previous post “Look, Duck and Vanish”
Do you know more about William Whelan? It would be great to piece together his story and to know what he was doing in the attic of Floreffe Abbey, Belgium on Christmas Day, 1918. Please comment below or e-mail us at email@example.com