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PostSubject: 2nd Lieutenant George Albanus Williams, 80th Regiment.   Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:05 pm

Date of Birth - 27th September 1860
First Appointment - 2nd Lieutenant - 80th Foot - 22nd January 1879
Lieutenant - South Staffordshire Regiment (2nd Battalion) - 2nd February 1881
South African War - 1879 - Zulu Campaign, and operations against Sekukuni. Medal with Clasp ‘1879‘.
Source ‘1884 Army List’ (p 544, 835 & 1401)

Major George Albanus Williams, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regt., was killed in action at Tweefontein, in De Wet's attack on Christmas morning, 1901. He was the third son of Gen. J. W. C. Williams, K.C.B., of Morelands, Purbrook, Hants, and was born in Sept., 1860. He entered the 80th Foot in Jan., 1879, was promoted lieut. Feb., 1881, capt. Aug., 1887, and major Nov., 1896. He was adjutant of his battalion from Aug., 1887 to April, 1891, and afterwards adjutant of a provisional battalion from May, 1891, to Nov., 1895. He served in South Africa in 1879, in the Zulu Campaign, and in the subsequent operations against Sekukuni, receiving the medal with clasp. He also took part in the Nile Expedition of 1884-85, and was present at the action of Kirbekan, and received the medal with clasp and the Khedive's star. He went on special service to Ashanti, with the Expedition under Sir Francis Scott, in 1895-96, being mentioned in despatches and receiving the star awarded. Major Williams was Aide-de-camp in India from Sept., 1897, to Dec., 1899, and was afterwards Aide-de-camp to the General Officer Commanding a Division in South Africa, from J an. 2nd, 1900. At the time of his death, he was; second in command of the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regt. At Tweefontein the Boers attacked the British force by moonlight about two o'clock in the morning. The enemy crept up without their boots on, and in the confusion which ensued some of our men killed each other. Two Boers who put on our helmets were shot by their own men. Major Williams was killed while rallying those under his command. He is buried at Tweefontein, and his name is inscribed on an obelisk which has been erected there in memory of all who fell in this action.

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PostSubject: 2nd Lt George Albanus Williams , 80th Regt .   Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:21 am

A bit more on Williams courtesy of Robert Hope's fine publication ' A Staffordshire Regt In The Zulu & Sekukuni Campaigns Of 78 -79.
Date of Birth Sept 27th 1860 , Cosham , Hampshire , England , Entered Service at 19 yrs 5 mths , Attended Millitary School or College Yes , Hythe 1st Class Extra Cert , Aldershot Signalling Cert , Passed for Promotion 15 / 2 / 86 . Service dates of Commission;
Ensign or Cornet 80th Regt 22/ 2 /79 ( Interesting date ! ) , Lt , Sth Staff Regt 2 / 2 /81 , Capt , Sth Staff Rgt 24 /8 / 87 . Periods of Employment
Home 22 / 2 / 79 - 17 / 2 / 79 , Sth Africa 18 / 2 /79 - 23 / 3 / 80 , Home 24 / 3 / 80 - 4 / 12 / 84 , Egypt 5 / 12 / 84 - 12 / 8 / 85 ,
Home 13 / 8 / 85 - 13 / 11 / 95 , West Coast Africa 14 /11 / 95 - 31 / 3 / 96 , Home 1 / 4 / 96 - 21 / 10 / 96 , India 22 / 10 / 96 - 21 / 5 / 97 , Home 22 / 5 / 97 -
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Lt of Commissiart Pretoria & Sekukuni Area - 8 / 11 / 79 - 12 / 5 / 79 , South Africa Medal with Clasp ' 1879 '
Personal Information ; Ht 5ft 8'' , Foreign Languages , French , German & Hindi , General Information ; His Father was General Williams JP , of Moorlands , East Brooke , Cosham , Hampshire .
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PostSubject: Re: 2nd Lieutenant George Albanus Williams, 80th Regiment.   Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:36 am


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WILLIAMS - Major George Albanus - 1st South Staffordshire Regt. 
 Killed in action at Tweefontein 25th December 1901. Aged 41. Son of General J.W.C. Williams, KCB, of Purbrook, Hants. Born September 1860. Served in Zululand 1879 (medal and bar), Nile expedition 1884-5 (medal and bar, Khedives star), Ashanti 1895-6 (star and MID). Buried at Tweefontein.
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