George Albert Williams signature

On this day in 1915, George Albert Williams enlisted in Kingston, Ontario. He was born in Tyendinaga on December 8th, 1877, the son of William Barnabus Williams and Mary Ann (née Claus), who were Mohawks.

George joined the 80th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, with the regimental number 219957. He was described as five feet two inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His service record shows that he left Halifax on the SS Baltic in May 1916. He was transferred to the 46th Battalion (also known as the Suicide Battalion) and arrived in France on August 11th, 1916. In March 1917 he was admitted to hospital, suffering from mumps. He returned to his unit and in September was granted two weeks of leave in England. He was killed in action in October 1917.