The 240 FLM Preservation Group were proud to have been invited to carry the late, William “Bill Williams, former London Fire Brigade D.A.C.O (Deputy Assistant Chief Officer) on his final shout.
Bill had seen service with the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment during World War 2 and had been one of the thousands of paratroopers who had jumped into action during the ill fated operation, “Market Garden” at Arnhem in Holland in late 1944. He was captured during that fierce battle and spent the remainder of the war as a Prisoner.
Following his war service and subsequent repatriation, in 1954, Bill started his LFB career and on completion of his training was posted to Plumstead fire station. His subsequent career saw him rise through the ranks, including spending time as an instructor to the newly created Junior Fireman scheme, before arriving in the Brigade, H Division as a Divisional Officer.
Following this, his last posting was to the Brigade HQ at Lambeth where he remained for the remainder of his service.
In 1985 Bill was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for distinguished service in the New Year’s Honours List.
The funeral, conducted at Eltham Crematorium SE London, was attended by a wonderful parade of serving and retired members of The Parachute Regiment as well as former Brigade colleagues, family and friends.
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