Williams, Francis Christopher Dallas


War Service:
Lieutenant FRANCIS CHRISTOPHER DALLAS WILLIAMS of the 3rd Battalion East Surrey Regiment died on 19 July 1916, aged 21. At the time of his death he was attached to the 2nd/4th Battalion the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

The battalion war diary for 19 July 1916 reads :
France, Laventie.
Artillery preparation opened at 11am; attack at 6pm.
2/1 BUCKS on our Left. AUSTRALIAN Division on Left of 2/1 BUCKS.
183rd Brigade on our Right and 182nd Brigade on Right of 183rd Brigade;
8th and 61st Divisional Artillery behind our lines.
Casualties : Officers 3 Killed (Lt Col J H BEER, 2/Lieut G S ABBOTT and 2/Lieut F C D WILLIAMS) and 2 wounded (Major T SHIELDS and 2/Lieut D R GIBSON).
Other ranks : 35K, 115W and 8 Shell Shock.
Battalion relieved by 2/4 OXFORD and BUCKS LI at 10:30pm.
Marched back into billets at RUE DE LA LYS.

He is buried in Laventie Military Cemetery.

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the memorial at Holy Trinity church, Sydenham.

He was born in Paoning, China, the son of Beatrice Seymour Williams, of 138 Sydenham High St, and the late Revd. Edward Osborne Williams. His brother Gordon Penry Williams also died and is remembered on the same memorial in Sydenham.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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