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George Williams

Merchant Navy (R183723). British

Born  21 Feb 1921Middlesbrough, Yorkshire
Died   1991(69)

Photo courtesy of Stefan Hay


13 Apr 1943King's Commendation (C)

Roster information listed for George Williams

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
AkensideSteam merchantAble Seaman22 Sep 1939U-7 (1)
Empire GuidonSteam merchantAble Seaman31 Oct 1942U-504 (2)

Personal information

George Williams was officially discharged from Merchant Navy service on 24 January 1946. He survived numerous Atlantic convoys, Mediterranean convoys and D-Day landings, was torpedoed and shipwrecked twice and came under enemy air attacks. Throughout his entire 7 year career at sea, having served on 17 ships (twice on Alnwick), he maintained the highest rating Very good, was never logged for ill-discipline and was not subject to any disciplinary action on any of the ships he served on. He was also a qualified gunner for a 20mm anti-aircraft gun.

George was a very quiet, polite and understated man, who rarely talked about his WW2 experiences. To his family and many descendants he is considered a very British Hero.


  1. Personal communication
  2. The National Archives (T 335/61)

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