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Harold Williams 1897-1971
Lt-Gen. Sir Harold WiIliams, known as Bill WiIliams to all his many friends, died at Mussoorie, India on 17 October 1971. He joined the Indian Army in 1915 and served with King George's Own Bengal Sappers and Miners of which he was Adjutant from 1929 to 1933. He remained with the Bengal Sappers until the Second World War, when he moved to Delhi as Brigadier Engineer Staff A.H.Q. India. He held a number of senior appointments, and shortly after independence was appointed Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army, a post which he held until he retired in 1955. Among his many outdoor interests mountaineering took pride of place, and he often went to the Himalaya to climb, trek or shoot. He was also the mainstay of the birdwatching society in Delhi.
Bill Williams joined the Alpine Club in 1953. He had been on a number of minor Himalayan expeditions including Trisul and Bandarpunch. In 1952, when he was over fifty-five, he was joint leader with Gurdial Singh of a Bengal Sappers' expedition to Kamet and climbed to Camp 5 at 7000 m. He was for many years the guiding light of the Indian Army Mountaineering Association. He was President of the Himalayan Club from 1960 to 1963, during which time he was responsible for important liaison between the Club and semi-Government bodies such as the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.
After retiring from the Army, Bill Williams was appointed Director of the Central Building Research Institute at Roorkee; later he became Adviser to the Council of Scientific and Technical Research.
He came back to England in 1968 with a view to settling in this country, but the call of India, where he had lived and worked for over fifty years, proved too strong and he kept on returning there. I think he would have wished to die, as he did, in the foothills of the Himalaya.
V. S. Risoe
Quelle: Alpine Journal Volume 77, 1972, Seite 293-294

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