Mike Royden's

Royden Family History Pages


Private William J Royden
355114, 10th Battalion, Liverpool Scottish (The King's Liverpool Regiment) (1879-1920)

A Biography - by Mike Royden

While researching the history of my Great Grandfather, Charles Royden, and his experiences in the First World War, I also began to put together a biography of his older brother William. He too served in the war, with the Liverpool Scottish, with whom he had already been a territorial since 1910. His story took many turns and was tragic in many respects.

His legacy also took a further twist in 2010, when it was discovered that he had descendants alive and well, while his relatives were unaware of their existence.

This is now part of a larger work covering his sister and brothers who were also badly affected by the war. For the full version click here. For the story of William alone, click the photograph.

Click picture, select 'save as' and save the file to your computer where you can then open it.

Please be patient, this is a large file (8MB) and may take a few minutes to download.

Once opened in Acrobat Reader it may be better to read it by going to the top menu and selecting:

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If you cannot open the file it is likely you do not have Acrobt Reader installed on your computer.

Download it from here (click image left).



They shall not grow old
as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn them.
At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning,
we will remember them.


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