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Following a white feather

Harry Williams

My grandfather, Harry Williams (seated, centre) was born in Monmouthshire in November 1896 and left school aged twelve to work on a farm. Later he became a boy porter on the Great Western Railway and was still only seventeen when a smartly dressed woman got off the train and gave him a white feather. It affected him for life. He never wanted to join up, or - I think - believed the propaganda, b…