Richard (Dick) Williams was born in England to Ada Williams in 1888. After immigrating to Canada, Richard worked as a clerk prior to the outbreak of the war. He lived in the Coombe House in Hespler. With no military or militia background, Richard volunteered to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914. As an experienced horseman, Richard fought for the 5th Battalion, the Canadian Mounted Rifles in France. On May 24th, 1915, Richard was reported missing and later was presumed dead. Private Richard Williams is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France.
Service number: 12913
“Vimy Memorial,” Commonwealth War Graves Commission, accessed March 15, 2015, http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/87900/VIMY%20MEMORIAL