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Harold Antcliff Willis was born in 1895 in Nottingham and was the son of Robert a health department labourer and and Emily Willis, née Haslam of 43, Mosley St., New Basford, Nottingham. His father Robert was born in 1860 in Nottingham , his mother Emily Haslam was born in 1865 also in Nottingham, they were married in 1884 in Nottingham and went on to have 5 children , one of whom died in infancy or early childhood prior to 1911, their surviving children, were all born in Nottingham and were : Robert b1885, Percy 1890, Harold Antcliff b1895 and Gladys b1904. In the 1911 census the family are living at 43 Mosley Street, Basford and are shown as Robert 51 yrs a health department labourer, he is living with his wife Emma (Emily) 46 yrs and their children Robert 26 yrs a hosiery trimmer, Percy 21 yrs a hosiery trimmer, Harold, 16 yrs a hosiery trimmer and Gladys 7 yrs
He is a hosiery trimmer in 1911.
18 Nov 1916
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New Basford Nottingham
8th Bn The Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment)
Private Harold Willis, served with the 8th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment he was killed in action 18th-19th November 1916, aged 21. He is buried in Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt. grave reference C.6
His brother Private Percy Willis, 10th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, was killed in action on 9th July 1917. He is buried in Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux. In memoriam published 9th July 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “WILLIS. – In loving memory of our dear sons Percy, killed in France July 9th, 1917, and Harold, reported missing November 19th, 1916, now presumed killed. We who loved them sadly miss them as it dawns another year in our lonely hours of thinking loving thoughts are always near. – From loving mother, father, sister, brother & wife.” Above in memoriam is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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