Royal Victorian Medal Edward VII issue in silver, Coronation Medal 1902, Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Victoria issue, 3rd type 1874-1901, swivelling scroll suspension with smaller reverse lettering 3456 Sergeant Major J. K. Williams, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, later Messenger to the Usher of the Black Rod, House of Lords and Resident Superintendent, House of Lords GVF/EF


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R.V.M. (Silver) awarded 21 December 1903: Resident Superintendent, House of Lords.

John Kemp Williams was born at Poplar, London in 1851. Having served with the Rifle Brigade from 30 October 1869 – 14 March 1886, including service in Afghanistan, Williams later transferred to the 9th Volunteer Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

He was appointed Messenger for the Usher of the Black Rod on 14 November 1893, and Resident Superintendent on 24 July 1896.

He held the latter appointment until his death on 21 October 1910.

He was entitled to an Afghan Medal 1878-80, single clasp ‘Ali Musjid’.