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PVT Eric Henry “Rick” Williams

PVT Eric Henry “Rick” Williams

Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
Death 2 Sep 1966 (aged 57)
Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
Burial Holland Park West, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
Plot Memorial Walls
Memorial ID 35463626 · View Source
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My dad, Eric Henry Williams, was the 5th child of a family of 11 born to John Charles Williams and Lydia Oberg.

During his childhood he experience a long spell in hospital, and later as a young man just starting work, he had the dubious honour of being one of the first people to be struck by a car in Brisbane.

Dad married Florence Gerard and 3 sons were born to them before he enlisted in the A.I.F. on 17 July 1940. From 3rd Infantry Training Battalion, he transferred to the newly formed 2/26 Battalion.

Dad saw action in Malaya and Singapore, was taken Prisoner at the Fall of Singapore, and slaved on the Thai Burma Railway.

He was discharged from the Army in December 1945, and soon after (1947) welcomed his first daughter into the world. Another daughter followed in 1949.

Dad was an avid and talented fisherman, often catching fish when others around him were having no luck. Many holidays and week-ends were spent over at Stradbroke Island,and Friday nights saw him "throwing a line" for bream or mullet not too far from home.

In 1964, approx 6 months after his eldest daughters marriage, at which he proudly gave her away, he was diagnosed with cancer and given 2 years to live.

Unfortunately, he did not live even the two years, and passed away in Greenslopes Military Hospital in Brisbane.

After a military funeral, he was cremated, and his ashes placed in a niche on the Memorial Walls at Mt Thompson Crematorium, Brisbane.

He was not only my dearly, beloved father, but also my HERO. I miss him dearly to this day.

He was survived by his wife Florence (now deceased);sons, Eric (deceased 2014), Neil (deceased 2014) and Douglas, daughters, Muriel and Wendy and five grand-children.

Footnote: As of 15th August 2010, Dad's descendants now number:- 15 grand-children; 37 (+ 1 deceased) great grand-children and 1 great great grand-child.

******Official cause of death:
Carcinoma of (left) lung

WILLIAMS - Mr. Eric, (26th Batt. 2nd A.I.F.)
The Relatives and Friends of Mrs. F. L. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Butler and Families, Miss W. K. Williams, are respectfully advised that the Funeral of her beloved Husband, their Father, Father-in-law, and grandfather, is appointed to leave our Chapel, 400 Wickham Street, next Monday, for the East Chapel of the Mt. Thompson Crematorium after Services commencing at 1.45 p.m.

WILLIAMS - Mr. Eric Henry
Metropolitan branch Queensland Ex P.O.W. Association. All members are invited to attend the Funeral of their late Member, Eric Henry Williams, to leave as per Family Notice.
By request Sect.

WILLIAMS - Mr Eric Henry
Members of the Totally and Permantly Disabled Soldiers Association of Australia and the Ladies Committee, are invited to attend his Funeral Service to leave as per Family Notice.
By request of the Sect.

Brisbane Courier Mail 03 September 1966

What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~

My sincere and heartfelt thanks to Michael Harrington for his sponsorship of my Dad's Memorial Page. You are an Earth Angel.

My deepest appreciation to James Seidelman for the rejuvination and restoration of the photos on this memorial.


Pte. Eric Henry Williams
2/26th Battalion
8th Division
27th Brigade

Gravesite Details Memorial Walls & Plaques are maintained by Australian War Graves
  • Created by: Muriel Butler
  • Added: 3 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35463626
  • Michael Harrington
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Eric Henry “Rick” Williams (15 May 1909–2 Sep 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35463626, citing Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, Holland Park West, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia ; Maintained by Muriel Butler (contributor 46849170) .