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Remembered Today:

12/484 Pte J.N.Williams, 6th Bn. N.Z.E.F. Kia 25/4/15


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Remembering Today 12/484 Pte John Nathaniel Williams, 6th(Hauraki)Company, Auckland Battalion, New Zealand Expditionary Force; formerly Captain 4th(T.F.)Bn The Dorset Regiment.

Elder surviving son of Col.Sir Robert Williams, Bart., of Bridehead, Little Bredy, Dorchester, J.P., D.L., and M.P. for West Dorset., by his wife Rosa Walker, daughter of Nathaniel Sims, of Strood Park, Horsham. Born at London 24 Jan.,1878; educated at Matfield, Kent; Eton and New College, Oxford (M.A.). He held a commission in the 4th(T)Bn Dorset Regt., becoming Captain, but resigned his commission and went to New Zealand in 1910. On the outbreak of war he enlisted as a private in the N.Z.E.F., and left for Egypt in October,1914. He took part in the repulse of the Turkish attack on the Suez Canal in February, 1915, and in the landing at the Dardanelles, 25th April,1915, and was killed in action at Gaba Tepe that day.

Major General Sir A.I.Godley, K.C.M.G., C.B., commanding New Zealand Forces wrote:

"He was killed leading and setting a most gallant example to the men in the forefront of the battalion, and all the officers, nco's and men of the company speak of him in the highest terms of admiration and affection. He had evidently made himself most popular with them and was respected by all. Had he not fallen he would have been given a commission in this force immediately following this first action. I believe the example which he set in enlisting and dying, as he did in the ranks, has done more for this force and perhaps for the Empire than he would have done as a commissioned officer."

His is commemorated on a carved wooden plaque in the church at Little Bredy:

"Nat Williams; Born 24 Jan.1878; A man greatly loved;

"Gave his life amongst the first of the New Zealanders in Gallipoli on St Mark's Day,1915;

"His friends in Little Bredy set this record to his memory."

RIP Nathaniel :poppy: :poppy:

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