Lieutenant Charles Percival Williamson

Biography of Lieutenant Charles Percival Williamson

Charles Percival Williamson was born in São Paulo, Brazil, on the 5th January 1882. His father, Joseph, was an Engineer, and by 1900 the Williamson family, including Charles’ mother, Agnes Stevenson Thomson, were in Scotland. They lived at 3 Braehead Terrace in Springburn, Glasgow, subsequently moving to Arden Villa in Balgray Hill, Springburn.

Charles initially followed his father’s footsteps in Engineering. In session 1900-1901, aged 18, he enrolled as an evening student of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, later known as the Royal Technical College, now the University of Strathclyde. The student register lists his occupation as ‘Engineer’, and his subjects of study as Steam, and Applied Mechanics. The 1901 Census shows that he was working as an apprentice engine fitter. However, when Charles returned to the College for further evening studies in session 1902-1903, he took theoretical and practical courses in Zoology, suggesting that his career path had changed. In 1903, he enrolled at the University of Glasgow to study Medicine. Charles’ older brother, George C. Williamson, and one of his younger brothers, Herbert M. Williamson, also studied at both the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College and the University of Glasgow.

Charles studied for 5 years and having taken a requisite number of classes presented himself for examination for the Licence of Dental Surgery (LDS) and Charles achieved the qualification of LDS FPS (Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow) in 1907. When Charles left the University, he set up practice as a Dental Surgeon.

He joined the Officer Training Corps in 1913 and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant on the 22nd April 1914 before being gazetted Lieutenant on the 27th March 1915. He was transferred to the 56th Field Company, Royal Engineers in March 1916 and was Mentioned in Dispatches (MID). Lieutenant Charles Percival Williamson died on the 12th March 1917 in the build up to the battle of Arras, aged 35. His 21-year-old brother, Frank Alfred Williamson, also served in the war and was killed in action at Gallipoli in June 1915. Charles is buried in the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery in Arras.


Lieutenant Charles Percival Williamson
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 56th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
Degree: Student
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Comments: Killed in action, 12 March 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1252
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Registry records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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