Second Lieutenant Almericus John de Courcy Williams

  • 1895-1914
  • West India Regiment, attached Middlesex Regiment
  • Died of wounds 22 October 1914, aged 19
  • Buried Bethune Town Cemetery
  • Born 4 May 1895
  • Father Dr J A de Courcy Williams, Green Hills, Killucan, West Meath, Ireland
  • Attended Abingdon School 1908 to 1912

From The Abingdonian, December 1914

DE COURCY WILLIAMS - On October 21, from wounds received at Bethune on the previous day, Almericus John Falkiner de Courcy Williams, only son of Dr and Mrs de Courcy Williams, of St Etchens, Killucan, West Meath, aged 19 years and 6 months. He came to Abingdon in May 1908, and left for Sandhurst in 1912. 'We reprint from “The Times” the following: “Passed out of Sandhurst last July, and was gaztted to a West Indian regiment, but was attached to the 5th Battalion Middlesex Regiment at Chatham in August, and was sent to the front on September 5th, attached to the 4th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He was severely wounded at Bethune on October 20th, and only lived until the next day.”

From the Marquis de Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant Almericus (Eric) John Falkiner de Courcy Williams, The West India Regiment attd. 4th Battn. Middlesex Regt. son of Dr JA de Courcy Williams of St Etchens, Killucan, County Westmeath, and first cousin of Lord Kingsale, was born on the 4th May, 1895, at Green Hills, Killucan Ireland. He was educated at Abingdon School and the RMC Sandhurst, and received his commission in the West India Regiment in August, 1914.  Subsequently he was attached to the 1st and later the 5th Middlesex Regiment, from which he volunteered for active service and was then sent to the 4th Battalion, with which he was serving when he was killed on 20th October, 1914. He was shot through the body while standing on the traverse of a trench to take aim at the enemy, and was buried in Bethune Cemetery. Bandsman Imeson, of the battalion, who was with him in the trench when he met his death wrote: “If ever there was a hero it was Lieutenant de Courcy Williams. He frequently exposed himself to danger, giving directions to his men to take careful aim and exhorting them to make every shot tell…. and even when lying wounded at the bottom of the trench he continued giving orders, and his last words were, ‘Give it to them!” His CO afterwards Brigadier-General Hull, said of him: “He was a most promising boy. We were proud of him, and shall miss him much.” Lord Kitchener, telegraphing from the Clearing Hospital, where he died, said: “He was a loss to the Army.” 2nd Lieutenant Williams was the only officer with the 4th Middlesex who was unwounded at the Battle of Vielle Chapelle.