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A South African & First War Group to Lieutenant Williams Consignment #36

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A South African & First War Group to Lieutenant Williams Consignment #36

A South African & First War Group to Lieutenant Williams - Queen's South Africa Medal, 5 Clasps - CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (2nd LIEUT. B.L. WILLIAMS. SHROPS. L.I.); British War Medal (LIEUT. B.L. WILLIAMS.); and Victory Medal (LIEUT. B.L. WILLIAMS.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patinas on the silver medals, very light contract, near extremely fine. Accompanied by his South Africa Service Records 1899-1902 (confirming he was involved in operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal), the Roll of Individuals Entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal (confirming his entitlement to the South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps), his Active Militia of Canada Service Records, his Recommendation for Appointment to Provisional Lieutenant (dated May 24, 1911 at Coldstream, County of Yale, British Columbia), his CEF Attestation Paper and Service Records, a Canadian Pacific Railway Telegram "Night Lettergram" (confirming Williams joining the 54th Infantry Battalion), his Statement of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces, Province of British Columbia Death Certificate and various correspondence and research papers.   Footnote: Bertram Leopold Williams was born on May 27, 1878 in Perranworthal, Cornwall, England. He later immigrated to Canada, settling in British Columbia. Williams was with "C" Squadron, 30th Regiment, British Columbia Horse, when he signed up for service in the Boer War and was subsequently attached to the 4th Battalion, The King's (Shropshire Light Infantry) in South Africa. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant, effective November 2, 1990, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 27243 of Friday, November 2, 1900, page 6694. He was seconded for service in South Africa, while attached to the 4th Battalion, The King's (Shropshire Light Infantry), effective March 16, 1901, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 27308 of Friday, April 26, 1901, page 2862. Upon return to Canada, he resigned his commission, effective June 6, 1903, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 27561 of Friday, June 5, 1903, page 3580. Williams is confirmed as having participated in operations in the Transvaal, in Orange River Colony and in Cape Colony, between November 30, 1900 and May 31, 1902. For his service in South Africa, he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with five clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902. Williams was a Rancher in Vernon, British Columbia, enlisting with an active militia, "C" Squadron, 30th Regiment, British Columbia Horse, on May 24, 1911, until to his discharge in the rank of Provisional Lieutenant, as he was unable to give enough time to the annual training. In a letter to the Officer Commanding "C" Squadron, British Columbia Horse, dated September 23, 1911, Williams stated that "I have the honor to herewith send my resignation as Prov. Lieut in C Squadron B.C. Horse. The reason being I am unable to give the necessary time for the annual training". With the commencement of the First World War, Williams enlisted with "B" Squadron, 30th Regiment, British Columbia Horse on March 7, 1915 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on July 12, 1915. In a letter to the A.D. of Army Signals in Ottawa, Ontario, dated October 17, 1915, Williams declared himself for overseas service: "I have the honour to ask whether Signals officers are required for overseas & if so beg "to offer" my services as such. If no officers are required, will you please advise at my expense to that effect. I am at present taking the Signalling School at Sarcee Camp Calgary." He was accepted for overseas service and three and a half weeks later, a Canadian Pacific Railway Telegram "Night Lettergram", dated November 11, 1915 at Ottawa, addressed to the District Officer Commanding, Military District No. 11 in Victoria, British Columbia, stated that "Your night letter tenth instant appointment / Lieutenant B L Williams Thirtieth B C Horse to Fifty Fourth Overseas Battalion approved provisionally", signed by the Adjutant-General. Williams was a resident of Vernon, British Columbia, when he signed his Attestation Paper as a Lieutenant with the 54th Infantry Battalion "Kootenay Battalion" on November 14, 1915, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the age of 37, stating that he had eighteen months' previous service with the 4th Shropshire Light Infantry in South Africa, that he belonged to an Active Militia, the 30th Regiment, British Columbia Horse, that he was married and that his trade was that of Fruit Grower. The Battalion was raised in Southern British Columbia under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915. The mobilization headquarters was at Nelson, British Columbia. The Battalion sailed November 22, 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.M. Davis with a strength of 36 officers and 1,111 other ranks. While training in England he was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital on March 1, 1916 with an "ocular edema" (eye issues) and after three weeks, was discharged on March 22nd and declared "unfit for any service for one month". Four weeks later, he was again declared "unfit for any service for one month" on April 20th. Once he was determined healthy enough to return to active service, Williams was transferred from the 54th Infantry Battalion to Canadian Engineer Training Depot at Shorncliffe, on July 3, 1916. After six and a half months at the Canadian Engineer Training Depot, he proceeded to the Canadian Signals Pool for instruction purposes in France on January 22, 1917, arriving in the French theatre on the 24th and joining his unit in the field on February 9th. After ten weeks, he ceased to be attached to the 4th Canadian Division Signal Company upon return to the Canadian Engineer Training Depot in England on April 15th, then placed on command at the School of Musketry at Shoreham, where he qualified 2nd Class at 56th Class School of Musketry in June 1917. Williams relinquished his Temporary Commission with the Canadian Engineers, effective July 28, 1917, the announcement appearing in the Supplement to the London Gazette 30220 of Tuesday, August 7, 1917, page 8080. He was officially discharged from the Canadian Engineers on August 13, 1917 at Shoreham, England, at the age of 39. For his First World War service, Williams was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal and was transferred to the Reserve of Officers on October 15, 1920. Williams died on April 21, 1962, in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the age of 83. (C:36)  
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