Vivian Williams was born in Bristol on the 30th of December 1896, to Thomas and Mary Williams. The family moved to Neath, near Swansea, when Vivian was just a boy, after Thomas was appointed headmaster of Aberdulais Council School, at which Vivian himself was taught until he went to Neath Intermediate School. After Vivian left school he worked as a bank clerk.
Vivian was called up in October 1916 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery, moving to the Western Front on the 30th of March 1917. He was promoted to Bombardier, equivalent to Corporal, before he was killed three months after his arrival on the front, on the 30th of June 1917. He was buried at Berks Cemetery, about 10km south of Ypres.
Vivian’s commanding officer wrote: “He was a brave, cheerful, calm and intelligent to a degree; he stood above his fellows, and was looked up to and loved by them. He died as a soldier and a gentleman, doing his duty with a steadfastness from which I have never yet seen him waver – he was such a manly-hearted boy”.