Williams, Walton D’Eichthal


He was the second son of Gerald Walton Williams, of Piggott’s Manor, Letchmere Heath, Elstree, and Edith Williams (née Kent). He came into Mr. Fort’s House in May 1900 but left in December 1903 in order to make certain of passing into RMC Sandhurst.

From Sandhurst he passed into the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1906 and was promoted Captain in 1914 before the war. He served in France in several staff appointments, being in succession Staff Captain, Deputy Assistant Director of Labour and DAAG. He received for his services a Brevet majority and the OBE, and was also mentioned four times in despatches.

In 1919 he left the army to become a stockbroker, and was married on April 29th 1920 to Norah (‘Nonie’) Elizabeth Barber.

In September 1939 he volunteered for, and obtained an appointment in France in the Intelligence Corps. He was one of the few British officers to win the Legion d’Honneur. He was also awarded the CBE. On the collapse of France he was sent to Kenya with the rank of Colonel to act as Liaison Officer with the Free French, and died suddenly at Nairobi on January 24th 1942, aged fifty-five.

He rests in grave 2.H.12 of the Nairobi War Cemetery.   A memorial service was held at St. Michael’s Church, Cornhill, at 1230 on Tuesday, February 3rd 1942.

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Williams
  • Forenames or initials: Walton D'Eichthal
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1900-1903
  • Rank: Colonel
  • Regiment: General Staff
  • Date of Birth: 5th December 1886
  • Date of Death: 24th January 1942
  • How Died: Died on Active Service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D1
  • Decoration: CBE, OBE, Legion d'Honneur
  • Burial Site: Nairobi War Cemetery: Grave 2.H.12