Stoffel Williams, a rather short gentleman at 5ft 2”, was born in 1920. Williams was a labourer before the war. This is unfortunately quite common for people with Malay/Indian or mixed heritage in South Africa during the first half of the 20th century.
Williams served initially with the 45th Survey Coy, SAEC, before the Indian and Malay Corps was absorbed in the Cape Corps in October 1942. Williams was then transferred to Q Services, 6th South African Armoured, and trained by the school of cookery. Promoted to Temporary Lance Corporal, Williams seems to have followed the division to Italy as a cook, feeding the fighting men of the 6th South African Armoured division.
Williams was entitled to six service medals, including the Italy and North Africa Star. Unfortunately, this is the only medal we have to him.
This medal is accompanied by scanned copies of his service cards.