Flying Officer John Williams

Birth: 1920
Death: March 13, 1945 in Pakistan
Service: WWII
Service Number: 50844

John Williams was the son of John and Alice Williams of Vancouver. John and Alice Williams moved to 357 Cook Road, Richmond in 1939; he was a retired milkman as listed on the BC death registry. They had 11 children, 7 living into adulthood: 5 daughters (Mrs. Posey, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Doug MacLeod, Mrs. R. MacLeod and Miss Anne Williams); 2 sons (Jim Williams of Vancouver and Cecil Williams of Vancouver). A third son, John Williams, was killed on active service in 1945. Later, Alice Williams moved to 853 Cook Road.

Flying Officer (Air Bomber) John Williams, serving with the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom), was killed in action on March 13, 1945. His Liberator aircraft was lost during operations. John Williams had served with the #242 Squadron and the #215 Squadron. John Williams was buried in the Maynamati War Cemetery, Comilla, Pakistan.

History of the Road Name (Williams Road):

  • Williams Road is either named after James Thomas Williams OR Private Edward Williams (no relation to Flying Officer John Williams. See biography of Private Edward Williams for information on both Private Edward Williams and James Thomas Williams
  • The establishment & naming of Williams Road pre-dates the end of WWI. The first mention of Williams Road in the Council Minutes index is October 1917 and Private Edward Williams died April 1917. There is a small possibility the road is named after Edward; more likely it is named after James Thomas. All the other WWI fallen servicemen with roads named after them were named in either 1954 or in the 1990s
  • More research needed