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Queen’s South Africa

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Queen’s South Africa, 3 bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, King’s South Africa, 2 bars, Major Sidney Stanley Williams, 5th Royal Irish Lancers. Both medals officially engraved in Officer’s…

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Queen’s South Africa, 3 bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, King’s South Africa, 2 bars, Major Sidney Stanley Williams, 5th Royal Irish Lancers.

Both medals officially engraved in Officer’s style; “Lt. S.S. Williams, 5/Lcrs.”

An interesting character who could be seen just about anywhere in Kent in the 1900’s, A brilliant Cricketer who spent most of his life as Captain & President of the Cricket club, continuing to be President well into old age, and Captaining the team as old as 65, he also owned vast estates in Kent, being known for being very charitable & for many years a Local Magistrate, Justice of the Peace & Warden of the People, as well as being on the Board of Guardians & Sevenoaks Rural District Council serving in the local Sussex Regiment & Yeomanry during WW1, but doesn’t appear to have been posted overseas.

Kent & Sussex Courier 20th September 1907;

“S. S. Williams heads the batting and bowling averages of the Mountfield Club, and at the annual social on Saturday he handed over the prizes won to the committee, to be awarded at their discretion.

Cricket Averages Season 1907;

MOUNTFIELD;
BATTING – S.S. Williams, 9 Inns, 0 times not out, 138 total runs, 32 most runs & 15.33 point average.
Bowling, 96 overs, 20 Mdns, 199 runs, 41 wickets, 4.85 average.”

Sevenoaks Chronicle 12th April 1929;

NEW MAGISTRATES
PHOTO – Major Sidney Stanley Williams is the son of the late Colonel C. Stanley Williams, who for 37 years sat as a magistrate on the Tonbridge Bench. Although born in London, he has lived the greater part of his life at the family residence, Boons Park, Four Elms, near Edensbridge.
In his youth Major Williams was one of the most promising players of the Blue Mantles Cricket Club, and has for 36 years been a member of the Band of Brothers Cricket Club. He served in the South African War, and from 1915 to 1919 in the Great War, after which her retired from the Army. For several years he has served on the Seven oaks Rural District Council and Board of Guardians, and owns extensive estates at Bough Beech. A Nephew of Sir Arthur Griffith Boscawen, he married a daughter of the late Mr John James Barrrow, of Langton, and