Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edwin Herbert Horsley Williams
Born: 4 September 1895
Died: 22 May 1976
Bio Notes: Edwin Herbert Horsley Williams (known by the nickname 'Willie') was born on 4 September 1895 and was articled to Harold Ogle Tarbolton (initially under the practice title of Hay Henderson & Tarbolton) from 1912 to 1921, his apprenticeship being interrupted by war service. From 1913 to 1922 he also studied at the Edinburgh College of Art under George Washington Browne. He received his diploma in 1922, joined the Architectural Association, and in the same year was awarded the Henry Jarvis Travelling Scholarship. Presumably on his return from the resulting travels, he joined Sir Guy Dawber as an assistant. While in that office, from 1923 to 1928 he furthered his studies at the Royal Academy Schools in London, during which period he received a Bronze medal in 1923, Bronze and Silver in 1924, and an honorable mention for the Pugin Studentship in 1925. In the latter year he became a student member of the RIBA.

Williams rose to become one of Dawber's chief assistants in 1930, and remained with the practice when it became Sir Guy Dawber, Wilson & Fox in 1938. He was still in the same office when he passed the qualifying exam in London in 1939 and was admitted ARIBA on 6 April 1940, his proposers being Albert R Fox, Thomas Millwood Wilson and Harold Ogle Tarbolton. In a supporting statement for his nomination papers, Fox wrote that Williams had had an "exceptional architectural education & training" and "should never have been compelled to take [the] exam".

Williams died on 22 May 1976. His last address was 28 Mereworth Drive, Shooters Hill, Woolwich.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 24, Brook Way, Blackheath, London, EnglandPrivate1940 *  
Item 2 of 228, Mereworth Drive, Shooters Hill, Woolwich, London, EnglandPrivate1976 * Address at time of death.

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5Hay Henderson & Tarbolton1912c. 1917Apprenticeinterrupted by war service, presumably from 1914
Item 2 of 5Harold Ogle Tarboltonc. 19171921Apprenticeinterrupted by war service, presumably until 1918
Item 3 of 5(Sir) Edward Guy Dawber1922 *1930Assistant 
Item 4 of 5(Sir) Edward Guy Dawber19301938Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Sir Guy Dawber, Wilson & Fox19381940Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Albert R Fox6 April 1940for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Harold Ogle Tarbolton6 April 1940for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Millwood Wilson6 April 1940for Associateship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Independent27 May 1976  Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A around no.7580 (combined box 195)