Thomas Joseph Williams
, more commonly known as Tom Williams
, (; 12 May 1923–2 September 1942) was a volunteer
in C Company, 2nd Battalion of the Belfast Brigade
in the Irish Republican Army
from the Bombay Street area of Belfast
, Northern Ireland
. He was hanged in the Crumlin Road Gaol
for his involvement in the murder of Royal Ulster Constabulary
(RUC) police officer
named Patrick Murphy during the Northern Campaign
Williams was born at 6 Amcomri Street in the Beechmount
area of Belfast in 1923. He was the third child in a family of six. His brother Richard was the eldest, his sister Mary died of meningitis
at the age of three. Williams' mother Mary died, at the age of 29, after giving birth to his sister Sheila, who also died shortly after.
After the death of his mother, Williams and his brother then went to live with their grandmother at 46 Bombay Street in the Clonard
area of Belfast. Williams family had had to leave the small Catholic enclave in the Shore Road area of Belfast before moving to Beechmount, after their house was attacked and burnt.
According to Williams's biographer, Jim McVeigh, because of its defencelessness this enclave saw some of the most awful atrocities of the period, the most infamous occurring in February 1922 when loyalists threw a......