William Williamson
Ply4473 Pte. W. Williamson, Royal Marine Light Infantry, H.M.S. Niobe.
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Cape Colony; 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal.
With photocopies of service details and 1891 census
details. William Williamson enlisted 13 June 1888
and was posted to the Plymouth Division. Born
Ashbourne 13 August 1869. Occupation labourer.
Imprisoned for 7 days for an unspecified offence in
1888. Although his conduct is generally shown as
good he was reduced to 2nd class several times
which was presumably the reason he did not qualify
for a long service and good conduct medal.

Discharged to pension 30 June 1909 and enrolled in
the Royal Fleet Reserve the following day Mobilised
on the outbreak of war in August 1914 and posted to
H.M.S. Albion which was sent to South Africa and
landed parties of seamen and marines in German
South West Africa while South African forces
annexed the area. Subsequently she was involved in
the Dardanelles, covering the landings from April
1915 but in May was badly damaged from shellfire
when she went too close to shore and ran aground.
She had to be towed off under heavy fire and was so
badly damaged she had to be taken to Malta for
repair. Demobilised 13 October 1919.