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Sydney Frederick Williams
Born (1866-12-29)29 December 1866
Died 12 May 1942(1942-05-12)
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held Royal Engineers, Chief Engineer, 1916-1918
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, 1916

Sydney Frederick Williams CMG (17 November 1896 – 12 May 1942) was a British Army Brigadier General.


Sydney Frederick Williams was born 29 December 1866, the son of the Rev. Stephen Frederick Williams, the Rector of Cold Norton, Essex, England.[1] and his wife, Carolyn Sydney.[2] He was baptized on 27 February 1867 in Bromborough, Cheshire, England.[2] Williams was educated at Haileybury entering there in 1880, and leaving in 1885.[1][3]

On 17 November 1896 at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Williams married May Grant Gwyer, the daughter of Cecil Francis Gwyer and Mary Stewart Mitchell of Edinburgh, Scotland.[4] Her father's family were merchants in St. Petersburg, Russia.[1] Through her mother, May was a member of the Smalls of Dirnanean. The couple lived at 1 Thurloe-court, Chelsea, London most of their married life.

Williams died in London on 12 May 1942.[5]

Military careerEdit

After completing his education at Haileybury, Williams entered the Royal Engineers in 18 February 1886.[1] He was promoted to Captain in 1896,[1] Lieutenant-Colonel in 1913 and Colonel in 1918.[6] He was elevated to Brigadier General in 1919 after serving as Chief Engineer between 1916-1918.[6] In 1916 he was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Milford, M.A., Lionel Sumner, ed (1900). Haileybury Register, Haileybury and Imperial Service College. London and Bungay: Richard Clay and Sons, Limited. p. 226. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cheshire, England, Select Bishop's Transcripts, 1576-1933". 
  3. "Pupils at Haileybury College prior to 1912". Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  4. "Fashionable Marriage; Lieut. S. F. Williams & May Grant Gwyer". Chelmsford Chronicle, Essex, England. 20 November 1896. 
  5. "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1858-1966". 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Debrett, John, ed (1931). Debrett's Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. Dean & Son, Limited. p. 2214. 

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