1914 Star (Lieut., A.S.C.); B.W.M. & V.M. (Capt.). With M.I.C. - Alured Humphrey Williams served as 2./Lieut. and Capt. A.S.C.; to France on 3/11/14, medals issued on 24/10/21. His address was given as 25 Portsdown Road, Maida Vale, London W. The application for the 1914 Star was forwarded by the C.-in-C. Egyptian Expeditionary Force on 4/4/18. Alured Humphrey Williams was born at Croydon, Surrey, on 13/8/76; in 1881 he was living in Cheshire where his father John (39, born at Beaumaris in Anglesey) was Registrar of the County Court. In 1901 he was a solicitor in Bloomsbury, London W.C. In 1903 he sold his property - Tre-ffos, Llansadwrn, Anglesey - to Mr. R. Coulthard. Alured was educated at Rossall School 1889-94 and became a solicitor practising in London; he became a barrister at Gray's Inn in 1908 and in 1909 co-authored a study of the Cinematograph Act of 1909. By 1925 he was a barrister at 2 Brick Court, Temple, London E.C., and he lived at 6 Cromwell Crescent, London SW5. He died in Chelsea in June 1939. With copy service papers (32pp) giving very full details of his military career including two courts-martial, his postings, and various letters from him concerning his service. He volunteered in October 1914 and despite being a barrister aged 38 and having no military experience apart from the school cadet force he was commissioned and sent to France within the week. He was in France until March 1916 with various units - supply depots at Rouen, Le Havre and Abbeville; and with supply companies attached to the 5th and 27th Divisions. After a period of sick leave in the U.K. he was posted to Salonika on 12/1/17 where he served with 860th and 862nd Coys. A.S.C. and with the 2/5th London Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. He was then posted to Egypt and Palestine (15/9/17 to 12/9/18) where he served with various units before commanding 248th Coy. in the 53rd Division and 520th Coy. in the 60th Division. His last posting was to the 3rd Indian Division on 2/7/18. Despite his extensive overseas service and various illnesses - influenza, malaria and enteritis - his C.O. wanted to terminate his commission in March 1916; however the O.C. A.S.C. at Woolwich reported that he had carried out his duties well - "I have personally seen his work almost daily and I consider he shows great zeal and makes every endeavour to attain efficiency". He was court-martialled for drunkenness in February 1916 and acquitted; and later was charged with fraud whilst serving in Egypt although this appears to have been a genuine oversight from which he did not gain personally; he was found guilty on two of the five charges and had to pay the money back to the government via stoppage of pay. A very detailed and interesting set of papers.
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