Williams, Frederick A.

Williams Jan 19199066 Regimental Sergeant Major Frederick A. Williams, MC, DCM was born 15 May 1888 in London, England, the son of Joseph and Rose Williams.

At the time of his enrollment into the 3rd Battalion CEF on 22 September 1914 at Valcartier he was single, a labourer, and lived at 177 Brunswick Ave Toronto. On 14 Jan, 1916 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and on 18 February 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross.

He died 5 Dec 1935 of illness attributable to his military service, he is buried at Park Lawn Cemetery Toronto.

Born: 15 May 1888 in London England

Former Svc: 2 years 9 months Somerset Engineers England, 2 years 10th Royal Grenadiers Toronto

Religion: Presbyterian

Trade: Labourer

Date of attestation: 22 Sep 1914, Valcartier

Married: 31 Oct 1917, to Martha Florence Williams

Address: 177 Brunswick Ave Toronto, Ontario

Regimental No. 9066

Citation of DCM:

“For conspicuous gallantry, he voluntarily accompanied an officer to bring in a wounded officer in broad daylight, under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire. He also displayed great courage and resource in maintaining the wires of communication between the signalling station and other centres, under continuous heavy and fire. The repairs had to be made under the most difficult and dangerous conditions.”

Citation of MC:

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his company was moving into the line all his officers became casualties. He, realising the importance of getting men forward, reorganised, and took charge of the company, and led them to their battle positions. After the assault he moved his company up in support of the attacking battalions, and personally superintended the evacuation of the wounded, working unceasingly for thirty six hours with great determination and energy. His cheerfulness, cool judgement and fine leadership were an inspiration to all ranks.”

Timeline of service:

  • 1914, 2 Sep, enrolled 3rd Bn CEF at Valcartier, Quebec;
  • 1916, 14 Jan, awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal,  (DCM);
  • 1918, 18 Feb, awarded Military Cross, (MC) Library and Archive Canada;
  • 1918, 13 Aug, he was promoted to WOI and appointed RSM of the 3rd Bn replacing RSM GP Blanchard who was wounded on 8th of Aug 1918;
  • 1918, 5 Dec, reported back from leave. While on leave he became the proud father of a bouncing baby girl, and appears more than pleased;
  • 1919, 24 Feb, 41 men, including the RSM and Bandmaster, proceeded to England today for the purpose of proceeding to Canada with their dependents;
  • 1919, 25 May, demobilized from active service;
  • 1920, 01 Apr, appointed as RSM Toronto Regiment an appointment he holds until 30 June 1920.

You can see his partial documents here

C.S.M. F. Williams, M.C.

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