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  • Thiepval Memorial.  Photograph Rachel Farrand (October 2008)
Person Details
05 Apr 1892
Brightside, Sheffield
Son of John and Mary Willis, of Oxton, Southwell, Notts (CWGC); he was an only child. At the time of the 1901 census the family was living at 10 Jersey Road, Sheffield, where his father was employed as a drayman. By the time of the 1911 census the family was living in Oxton, where both his parents had been born. His father was employed as a groom and gardener (domestic) and William was a gardener/market 'own account'. At the time William enlisted in February 1915 he gave his address as Arundel(?) Drive, Mansfield. He married Elsie Ethel (nee Book), spinster, on 11 August 1915 at St Mary's church, Mansfield; their address was given as 33 Belvedere Road, Mansfield. His widow was awarded a widow's pension of 13s 9d a week from 23 April 1917.
1911 census he was a gardener/market ('on own account'). At the time he enlisted in 1915 he was a police officer with Nottinghamshire Constabulary.
26 Sep 1916
24
2274
Enlisted Mansfield, residence 19 Arundel(?) Drive, Mansfield
Private
2nd Bn Grenadier Guards
Army service record survives. Attested 4 February 1915, age 22yrs 280days, and joined 5 February 1915 (White City). He served in France from 28 May 1916 and was killed on 26 September the same year. He is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial.
Listed in Nottinghamshire County Council register of employees who served (Nottinghamshire Archives, ref CC CL 2/12/1/1)
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  • Thiepval Memorial.  Photograph Rachel Farrand (October 2008)
    William Willis - Thiepval Memorial. Photograph Rachel Farrand (October 2008)