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Nether Langwith, Notts
John Miles Willis and his wife Elizabeth, (née Green) married at Chesterfield in 1880 where they initially lived with John’s parents. By the time they had moved to Langwith in 1889, they had four children, Frank, Hannah, John and Harold. Whilst In Langwith they had four more, Arthur, Oscar, Cyril and Florence. John’s work was recorded as an accountant in 1891. The family had spent many years at Langwith but by 1901 John had moved to Lincoln, living at 248 West Parade where his work involved him with the local colliery. 1911 saw John and wife Elizabeth at the same Lincoln address, with daughters, Hannah and Florence living at home. The remaining six children were now grown up, and had left home to make their own way in life. Oscar Willis and brother Arthur were both living as boarders at 82 Southgrove Road, Sheffield where Arthur was a draughtsman in a steel works and Oscar was an assistant chemist.
20 Jun 1916
95450 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
Inscription on the War Memorial information board Oscar WILLIS (2nd Lieutenant) Northumberland Fusiliers, 5th Battalion. Oscar Willis was the son of John Miles Willis & Elizabeth Willis of Nether Langwith. He was 26 years of age when he was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres, on June 20th 1916, whilst attacking Mount Sorrel. He is buried in La Laiterie Cemetery, Heuvelland, Belgium. Oscar Willis was living at 306 Hagley Road, Birmingham when he joined the Royal Warwickshire Regt 14th Bn, No. 1010 as a Private, but was commissioned and served as a Second Lieutenant in the Northumberland Fusiliers. His name appears in the London Gazette as Second Lieutenant, Northumberland Fusiliers with effect from 17th September 1915
.As Nether Langwith village is in the parish of Norton Cuckney St Mary he is named on both Norton Cuckney St Mary and Nether Langwith memorials
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