Frederick Thomas WILLIAMS

WILLIAMS, Frederick Thomas

Service Number: 4917
Enlisted: 15 December 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 10 December 1885
Home Town: Trafalgar, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Assayer/Mill foreman
Died: Killed in action, Mouquet Farm, France, 3 September 1916, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot VI, Row F, Grave No. 20.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Golden Ridge Boorara Boys of Waterfall Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4917, Perth, Western Australia
1 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4917, 11th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
1 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4917, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
20 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
3 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4917, 51st Infantry Battalion (WW1), Mouquet Farm, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 4917 awm_unit: 51 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-09-03

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Three Williams brothers all enlisted on the same day just prior to Christmas 1915 in Perth, Western Australia. Albert, Frederick Thomas and George Williams were all posted to the 51st Battalion and given the regimental numbers 4916, 4917 and 4918. Their mother had passed away during 1906 and they all gave their father, Samuel Williams, as their next of kin. The brothers lived at Kalgoorlie and were involved in the great mining boom taking place in the area. Frederick was working as an assayer and mill foreman.

Albert and Frederick were both killed in action at Mouquet Farm on the 3 September 1916, a day on which the 51st Battalion suffered exceedingly heavy casualties. Their father passed away in Australia about four months later. George Williams survived and it seems he tried to find out the fate of his brothers with little success.

George fought through the entire war with the 51st Battalion and little break before he returned to Australia 4 June 1919. He was immediately hospitalised in Fremantle, on hi return, with rheumatism, and passed away only weeks later, on 16 August 1919.

Another brother, 7323 Private Roy Williams 51st Battalion AIF, enlisted in 1916 and returned to Australia during 1919.