Identity discs of Lieut Hugh Monier-Williams
Identity discs of Lieut Hugh Monier-Williams. He was twice awarded the Military Cross during the 1914-1918 War, while serving with the Machine Gun Corps. He later commanded the 2nd Battalion The Suffolk Regiment on the North-West Frontier in the early years of the 1939-1945 War. An accomplished artist, he was one of the leading historians of the Regiment.
Hugh Beynon Monier-Williams was commissioned into the Suffolk Regiment from Sandhurst in May 1915 at the age of 17. He served on the Western Front with the 2nd Battalion as one of its machine gun officers. On the creation of the Machine Gun Corps he transferred to its 50th Company where he won two Military Crosses. After the war he served in India with the 1st Battalion (the Moplah Rebellion campaign) and again in India with the 2nd Battalion on the North-West Frontier in the late 1930s. He commanded the 2nf Battalion but in 1943 he was posted home; he then served in north-west Europe with the 21st Army Group. After the war he served with the Control Commission Germany, ensuring that law and order were maintained in the British occupied zone. He retired from the Army in 1948 and was awarded the OBE for his service in command of the 2nd Battalion.
Monier-Williams was one of the founders of the Suffolk Regiment Museum in 1935. He was both an accomplished artist and an eminent historian of the Regiment; he wrote and illustrated a comprehensive history of the regimental Colours while his pencil sketches of dug-outs provide fascinating insights into the daily life of a subaltern on the Western Front.