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July 13, 2014


by vipsinc

A ‘Ballarat Tunneller’.

Thomas Rhys Williams was not born in the Ballarat Electorate, but he did attend the Ballarat School of Mines, graduating as a Mining Engineer and a First Class Mining Manager in 1909.

He assumed command of the 2nd Field Company. In 1916, when the Third Australian Division was formed, Williams commanded the 9th Field Company of the Royal Engineers in France, leading the company through campaigns at Messines and Third Ypres. He became commander of the 3rd Division Engineers.

Thomas Rhys Williams was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), Companion or the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG) and the Croix de Guerre (Belgian).

He served in World War 1 and 2.


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