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William H. Williams, Imperial Light Horse and Steinacker's Horse 2 months 4 weeks ago #69245

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"Seaman William H. Williams, of the Liverpool s.p. "British Princess," has just been the recipient, at the hands of the British Consul General at Antwerp, of the South African war medal with three clasps in recognition of his bravery and service during the whole of the Boer war. Williams, who, it is stated, is a native of Carnarvon, enlisted at the outbreak of the war in the Imperial Light Horse, and was closed up in Ladysmith for more than two months. During Sir Redver Buller's march to the relief of Ladysmith, Sir George White desired some despatches to be carried through the Boer lines to Buller, and Williams with seven others volunteered for that hazardous task, and he succeeded in delivering the despatches to Sir Redvers Buller, after which he spent four months in Natal, but Williams never again saw the other seven despatch carriers. He then enlisted in Steinacker's Horse, in which corps he served for more than two years, and in February, 1903, he was discharged with a certificate for exemplary conduct. On his return to England he was engaged on the British s.p. "Isle of Iona," and is now serving on the British Shipowners Coy's Liverpool s.p. "British Princess." "

North Wales Observer and Express, Friday 26th August 1904
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Possibly William Henry Williams, birth recorded in the Carnarvon registration district, first quarter of 1874.

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William H. Williams, Imperial Light Horse and Steinacker's Horse 2 months 4 weeks ago #69246

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Woolmore's "Steinaecker's Horsemen" shows him as Tpr. 119 of SH; born Cardiff 4/7/1880. No previous service. Discharged on disbandment of the Regiment. Qualified for QSA medal with clasps Transvaal, SA1901 and SA1902. Obviously, the shown clasps do not reflect his time in Natal. Deserves a look on the ILH roll.
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(later - 1ILH roll shows one "1541 Tpr. W.Williams" who earned the clasps "Transvaal" and SA 1901 with that unit - but the remarks columns show no other service. Connection doubtful).
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LinneyI wrote: Woolmore's "Steinaecker's Horsemen" shows him as Tpr. 119 of SH; born Cardiff 4/7/1880.


So not "a native of Carnarvon," but there must have been a connection.

I've looked for any other newspaper references to this man regarding either Carnarvon or the Imperial Light Horse, but can't find anything. Perhaps he wasn't much of a letter writer home.

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