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Charles Morrice Williams MC

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Rank : Captain
Regiment : Australian Infantry
Unit : 24th Battalion
Date of Death : 09-10-1917
Age : 27
Grave : Plot XXXVIII. Row F. Grave 24.
Charles Morrice Williams was a son of Oliver Morrice Williams and Kate Williams, of Trahlee, Bellevue Hill, Sydney, New South Walles. He was born in Cairns, Queensland on 2 July 1891. Williams was educated at the Melbourne Grammar School. He passed matriculation and was appointed a Perfect in 1909. He was also a Lieutenant of Cadets in 1908 and 1909. In 1915 Williams enlisted. On 29 November 1915 he was wounded to the forehead.
On 14th March 1916 he was promoted to Captain in 24th Battalion.
Williams was recommended for the Military Cross on 8 August 1916 and on 5 June 1917 he was awarded the Military Cross. He was wounded in action on 20 September 1917 but remained on duty. On 9 October 1917 he was shot throught the head by a sniper while leading his men under heavy fire in an advance near Daisy Wood, at Broodseinde Ridge.
One of his men wrote: "I have never, either, in or out of the army, met a man for whom I have had as great a respect and regard. Every man in his company thought the world of their Captain; in fact it was the same throughout the whole battalion. Of his death I can only tell you what I have learned from the boys with him at the time. He was leading them in one of the advances
we made at Broodseinde and was encouraging his men to come on when he was hit. He died very soon after he received his injuries. I', feel that no praise could be too high for him.
His fairness, thought for his men and their interests, and in fact everything connected with him, earned a very warm place in all our hearts and a permanent place in our memories. I feel with many others that in losing our Captain we have all suffered a great loss. I have lost very many friends lately, men from every walk in life whom I have met out here and learned to like. One wonders if whatever is gained by continuing the war can possibly compensate for the loss to every one of these fine men."
His Major wrote: "I took our crowd over, and the red and whites were on our flanks. Sniping and machine-gun fire were very heavy, and they got Charlie instantaneously while he was going strong in front of his company. He fell just near the south-west corner of Daisy Wood, a little way over Broodseinde Ridge. His battalion intend to erect a fitting memorial as soon as possible, but it is quite out of the question yet. There is no need for me to dilate on Charlie's merits and what his men thought of him; you know all that as well as I do.". 
Williams was reburied in Tyne Cot Cemetery on 11 september 1920.
 Picture: 01-07-2017
In memory
Of the dearly loved son
Of Kate
& Oliver Morrice Williams
Sources: Website CWGC, website http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au, website https://vwma.org.au and website https://vwma.org.au


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