During World War One this was Ways and Co, Grocer and Wine Merchant.
Private Kenrick Welsford was an assistant here before the war. He joined the Welsh Regiment in 1915 and served in France, losing his right arm. “My right forearm was shattered and there was a large gaping wound so it was my arm or my life.” He later became a senior Councillor of Wells City Council. His brother, Private Ernest Welsford, was a cheese porter at Ways. In about March 1916, Ernest enlisted into the Somerset Light Infantry. He was killed in action on the Somme on August 24th 1916, aged 27, leaving a widow and daughter. The photo shows the three Welsford brothers: Ernest, William and Kenrick (L. to R.).
Sergeant C. Harwood left Wells in 1914 with the first recruits. He was wounded twice but recovered and went back to the front.
Private Joseph Trenchard also worked here before enlisting in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. He was killed in action in Mesopotamia in February 1917. He was 20 years of age.
Images courtesy of Mrs Sheila Spencer, William’s granddaughter (portrait), © Wells & Mendip Museum (street view) and © Wells Journal (advert)
Further information in "Lest we forget... The men on the Wells War Memorial who died in the Great War" by Sue Curragh and Pete Trueman and "Wells and the Great War" by Eric Galvin - available for purchase