Every soldier tells a story.
James William Williams – Jim to family and friends – was born on 19 January 1888, the first son of Rt Rev Lennox Williams (Bishop of Quebec, 1915-1935) and Caroline Annie (Nan) Williams (nee Rhodes). He was named for his grandfather, who had also been Bishop of Quebec. Photos on a family website show an active childhood with many cousins. He attended Bishop’s University for a year, then earned a BA from St John’s College, Oxford.
Williams attested in September 1915, serving in the 87th Battalion (Canadian Grenadier Guards). He married Evelyn Meredith on 3 Jan 1916. His unit sailed from Halifax to England in Apr 1916 and from England to France in Aug 1916. ACM Thomson, his best friend and wife’s cousin, was on board, too. Letters to his parents from France are posted on the family website.Continue reading