James Patrick Williams

Private James Patrick Williams, F78642
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
The North Nova Scotia Highlanders

Private Williams is sponsored by Garth Webb Secondary School.
Private Williams était parrainé par Garth Webb Secondary School.

James Patrick Williams was a Roman Catholic soldier from Glace Bay, NS and was born on 17 June 1921. William’s father, Matthew E. Williams, had passed away as a result of cancer and his mother, Margaret Williams, was named his next of kin. William may have had three sisters and two brothers; it is unknown whether they where his blood relations, or step siblings from his father’s previous marriage. James left school in grade 7 at the age of 11 or 12. He enlisted in the military at the age of 19. Before enlisting, James had attended a nine month apprentice program at Acetylene Welding Apprenticeship in Glace Bay, NS.

James enlisted in the military on 27 May 1941. He was taken on strength in Halifax, NS and joined the North Novas (The North Nova Scotia Highland Regiment). He trained in Charlottetown, PEI, Halifax, NS, and Aldershot, NS. He embarked for the UK from Halifax and arrived in Liverpool, England where he received more training.

James was killed in action on 7 June 1944. He was shot in the head by a German member of the Panzer Division. James is now buried at Beny-sur-Mer War Cemetery in Calvados, France.

Written by: Dipti Pandya

Rédigé par: Dipti Pandya

This Tribute Profile contains available biographical information on one of the Canadians who died on Juno Beach on 6 June 1944. The profile also recognizes the individual or organization who generously sponsored this soldier, and includes a message of thanks and remembrance for their sacrifice. This information is available in the soldier’s native tongue and has been compiled by the Lest We Forget program and, in some cases, through the generosity of individuals connected with the soldiers.  Due to the inconsistency of historical records and the sparse availability of first-hand witnesses, we know more about some than others. If you would like to contribute any material or help in our efforts to present the biographies in both French and English, please contact: jbca@junobeach.org.

Ce portrait contient des informations biographiques relatives à l’un des Canadiens qui sont morts sur la plage Juno, le 6 juin 1944. Il porte également mention de la personne ou de l’organisation qui a généreusement parrainé ce soldat, ainsi qu’un message de remerciement en souvenir de son sacrifice. Ces informations sont disponibles dans la langue maternelle du soldat et ont été compilées par le programme Lest We Forget et, dans certains cas, grâce à la générosité des personnes liées aux soldats. En raison de la disparité des documents historiques et des rares témoins de l’époque, nous ne disposons pas de la même quantité d’information sur tous les soldats. Si vous souhaitez compléter notre documentation ou nous aider dans nos efforts pour présenter les biographies en français et en anglais, merci de contacter : jbca@junobeach.org.