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- WWI K27358 AWMM
- ANF349 Public - Keith - Researcher - 9 November 2019 - ANF Engagement and Service Records 1903-1911
- 2/358 RNR(NZ) Public - Keith - Researcher - 9 November 2019 - Ship action on the night of 20/21 April 1917
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Having joined ther Royal Navy in the early 1900s, Charles Williams of Canterbury was a member of the ship's company of Terra Nova during Captain Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition of 1910. When war broke out in 1914, Williams was originally destined for the 4th Reinforcements of NZEF, until he received a letter from Commander Evans, who had been his captain on the Terra Nova, recommending he join the NZ section of the Royal Naval Reserve Leaving New Zealand on the SS Ruahine, he arrived in the UK and joined the Navy in May 1915.
He saw much action. In September 1915 cruiser HMS Attentive became one of the first naval casualties to aerial bombing, and on 29 January 1916 Williams survived the mining of destroyer HMS Viking. For rescuing casualties during a cutlass fight on HMS Broke, which had been boarded during an action against German destroyers on the night of the 20th April, 1917, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Having survived the war, he returned to Christchurch in June 1919, resuming his sea-going career in the waters around New Zealand. Just three months later he was killed in the sinking of the SS Tainui on 16th September 1919. AWMM
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Charles Williams is my Great Grandmothers brother. She was the only surviving family member to have children leading to our existence. Charles died at sea. I probably hold the only photo of him in his navy uniform donning his Polar Medal and Bravery medal. This photo I had repaired and reprinted. His brother Andrew Frank Sylvester Williams also died serving as a Training Corporal Trentham and now buried at Karori cemetery of whom I have photo's.
Public - Victor James - Other relative - 10 January 2020
|10 January 2020||Victor James||Feilding NZ||Other relative||
|09 November 2019||Keith||London||Researcher||
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