A HOLYHEAD man who put out an SOS for a lost morse code message heralding the end of the First World War has re-enacted an historic part of his family's story.

Trevor Williams appealed in the Chronicle in October to find the message that his father "Billy" William Evan Williams had transcribed as a RNRV wireless telegraphist in 1918. The message, sent from the Eiffel Tower, at 6.30am, on November 11, to HMS Patrol, a ship at the Holyhead breakwater harbour, announced that WWI was over. Billy, hurriedly relayed the message by foot to Holyhead Town Hall and Anglesey people were among the first to hear the cataclysmic news.

Trevor and his twin brother John Williams vowed to re-enact their father's journey to the town hall at the Armistice centenary in 2018. Unfortunately, by then, the message was lost, after being sent to the Holyhead Maritime museum and John had died. Trevor, who is 87, decided to still carry out their vow.

Trevor said: "I appealed in the Chronicle to find the original message, but had no news, so, I made a copy written in pencil like the original. It read: "Marshal Foch to Commander-in-Chief, Eiffel Tower, 6.30am: Hostilities will cease upon the whole front from the eleventh November eleven o'clock. French o'clock. The Allied Troops will not cross until further order the line reached on that date and that hour."

Trevor said: "This November, my family retraced my father's steps to the Town Hall, which was closed, then joined the town's Armistic services at St Cybi's and the Cenotaph. It was an honour representing my father and grandfather, to pay tribute to them and all who participated in the Wars. The only sadness was that my twin, John, was not alive to be part of it."

After the services, the family took a message from King George V, picked up by Billy, on November 12, 1918, and pictures of Trevor's grandfather, a Merchant Navy Captain W.J.Williams, a coaling and fuelling superintendent at Holyhead, to the Maritime Museum.