Williams, Air Mechanic Leo Thomas (16)

No 30 Sqn RFC

Leo Williams came from Fitzroy, Victoria, and was a 23 year old Carpenter and Joiner when he enlisted in the AFC in Colac, Victoria, on 8 March 1915. He left from Melbourne on RMS Morea on 20 April 1915 with the 1st Half-Flight AFC, bound for the Mesopotamian Front. After arrival, the Australians were incorporated into No 30 Sqn RFC. AM Williams was one of nine Australian mechanics from No 30 Sqn trapped in Kut after the British withdrawal.

He was captured following the fall of Kut-al-Amara in April 1916, and died at Adana while a Prisoner of War on 13 July 1916; this date appears in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records. However, a statement made in 1918 from Capt L W White, an escaped AFC Prisoner of War, indicates that AM Williams died about 6 August.

AM L T Williams has no known grave and is commemorated Panels 43 and 65 on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

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