Monday 11 February 2013

Captain Marvin Wallace Williams, MC

Joined the 164th Battalion, CEF, on 20 January 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 April 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded the Military Cross (as a lieutenant) - official citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on the Drocourt-Queant line near Dury on 2nd September, 1918.  When his company were within 700 yards of the final objective he assumed command, owing to casualties, and, as his company was in advance of other units, he extended them on a wide front, and, under very heavy fire, held the ground and consolidated.  Later, finding his forces very greatly diminished, he made his way back to the Drocourt line and brought up sufficient men to make his position secure, and held on until relieved.  he showed marked courage and ability to command." - unit recommendation dated 7 September 1918: "For gallantry during Scarpe Operations, Sept. 1st - 2nd 1918."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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