PRIVATE LEON STANFORD WILLIAMS
Killed in Action 11 August 1944
Telegram sent to Ethelda Williams (they spelled her first name wrong)
RNA12 46/43 GB NL 2 EX REPORT DELIVERY
OTTAWA, ONT 21=
Mrs. Athilda Williams
R.R.1 Kingsmill, Ont via St. Thomas = 1944 Aug 22 AM 8:19
10711 MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE DEEPLY REGRETS TO INFORM YOU THAT A107405 PRIVATE LEON STANFORD WILLIAMS HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY REPORTED KILLED IN ACTION ELEVENTH AUGUST 1944 STOP IF ANY FURTHER INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE IT WILL BE FORWARDED AS SOON AS RECEIVED.
DIRECTOR OF RECORDS
7 October 1947
Letter to Ethelda Williams
From Director of War Service Records – sending photo of Leon’s Grave and marker for her late son A107405 Private Leon Stanford Williams. Grave 7, row A plot 15 Bretteville-sur-Laize, Canadian Military Cemetery Bretteville-sur-Laize, France.
St. Thomas Times Journal
Killed in Action in France
Last Sunday morning a Memorial Service was held in the Church of Christ Disciplines in respect of Pte. Leon Williams who was killed in action in France on August 11. Leon was a local boy and well-known in Aylmer. He lived in the Kingsmill district most of his life with his mother Mrs. George Williams. He had been on active service a little over one year and went overseas about six months ago. The memorial service was conduced by Rev. G.W. Garrod of St. Thomas and he was assisted by the local pastor, Rev. W.O. Rees. Rev Gerrod spoke of the sterling qualities of Pte. Williams and that the community has lost a fine young man of good character. The Church of Christ was decorated with many beautiful flowers placed there by family and friends. There were also tributes in flowers from friends in Mapleton, Members of the Canadian Legion, Ladies Auxiliary of the Canadian Legion, friends from Orwell, Kingsmill, and Mapleton and relatives filled the Church to capacity. Mrs. May Smith rendered a solo most appropriate for the services and Bandmaster Alfred Grimes sounded the “Last Post”.
Relatives from a distance were Mrs. Morley Forsythe of Detroit MI, Mrs. Fraser Day of Detroit, both sisters of the deceased and Mrs. Charles Williams of Flint MI, a niece.
Clifford, his nephew was overseas at the same time as Leon. Because they were close in age, Leon and Clifford had spent a great of time together. When he returned from overseas he was not aware that Leon was dead and did not learn this until he went to the farm to see him. The shock was something that he spoke of often in later years.
Veterans Affairs Canadian Memory of
who died on August 11, 1944
Service Number A/107405Age 34 Force – Army
Regiment – Lincoln and Welland Regiments, R.C.I.C.
Additional Information: son of George and Ethelda Williams of Kingsmill, Ontario
Commemorated on Page 479 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.
Grave reference XV.A.7
Location: This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) about 14 kilometers south of Caen and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-Sue-Laize 8s a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometers south of Caen and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armored Divisions) to close the Falaise Gap and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2 Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3000, 1939-45 causalities commemorated in this site of which 2, 872 are Canadian, 80 British, 4 Australian, 1 New Zealand and 1 French.
Leon’s father, George William Williams was the grandson of Col. Titus Williams of Norfolk and Capt. Jonathan Williams UE of the Guides and Pioneers, who settled in Norfolk.
Submitted 6 April 2004 by:
Sue Morse-Hines UE