Hector Edward WILLIAMS

WILLIAMS, Hector Edward

Service Numbers: 3973, 3973A
Enlisted: 16 September 1915, Orange, NSW
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gallymont, NSW, Australia, 14 February 1894
Home Town: Orange, Orange Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: East Orange Public School
Occupation: Baker
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 May 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, East Orange Public School Memorial Avenue, East Orange Public School Roll of Honor, Orange Cenotaph, Orange WW1 Honour Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3973, 18th Infantry Battalion, Orange, NSW
20 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3973, 18th Infantry Battalion
20 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3973, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Sydney
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3973A, 20th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of John Williams, 54 Lords Place, Orange, New South Wales

WILLIAMS.—In memory of Lance Corporal Hector Edward Williams, killed in action at Bullecourt, France, May 3rd, 1917, aged 23 years and three  months.
For many years our family clan was
closely linked together;
But oh, that chain has broken now,
our dear son has gone for ever.
He gave his life for his country,
—Inserted by his loving parents, brothers and sister.

WILLIAMS.—In momory of our dear brother, Lance-Corporal Hector Edward, killed at Bullecourt, France, May 3, 1917.
No one knows how much we miss him
Friends may think the wound has healed ;
But they little know the sorrow
That lies within our hearts concealed.
—Inserted by Tom, Will, Sylvia and Lizzie.


Biography contributed by Bradley Bliss

Hector Edward William lived in Orange prior to enlisting for the First World War. His address at the time is listed as 54 Lords Place, Orange. He was a baker and pastry cook prior to enlisting. Williams enlisted as a private on the 18th September, 1915. He embarked with the 9th Reinforcements aboard HMAS Runic on the 20th January 1916.

During his service, he transferred to the 1st Battalion on the 1st June 1916 and was promoted to Lance Corporal on the 4th March 1917. Just one month later he would be killed in action on the 3rd May 1917, in France. Lance Corporal Hector Edward Williams’ name can be found at Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France. One of 10,982 brave Australian servicemen commemorated at this memorial who gave their live in the service of their country.