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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Charles Willett in Hucknall Cemetery.
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
Hucknall Torkard Nottinghamshire
Charles Douglas Willett was born in 1895 at Hucknall and was the son of Abraham a coal miner stallman and Elizabeth Willett née Nettle of 35 Yorke Street, Hucknall His father Abraham was born in 1858 at Breedon and his mother Elizabeth Nettle was born in 1863, they were married in 1887 their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration district, they went on to have 6 childrern, sadly two died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were Annie E, b1890 Arthur W b1892 Charles Douglas b1895 and Frank Leslie Willett b1899 all were born in Hucknall In the 1911 census the family lived at 35 South Street, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire and were shown as Abrah 53 yrs a coal miner stallman, he is living with his wife Elizabeth 48 yrs and their children, Anne 21 yrs an elementary school teacher, Arthur 19 yrs a stationary engine driver, Charles 16 yrs an assistant bath attendant and Frank Leslie 12 yrs a scholar. His parents later moved to 35 Yorke Street Hucknall.
He was an assistant bath attendant.
21 Nov 1916
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Rifleman
1st Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
Charles enlisted at Hucknall and served with the 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps and went to France on 27th May 1915. He died at Mount Dore Military Hospital Bournemouth on 21st November 1916 and is buried at Hucknall Cemetery Grave Reference: A South 304
His brother Frank served in The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), and died in Valetta Hospital Malta on 4 November 1918 and is buried in Pieta Cemetery. His other brother Lance Corporal Arthur Willett served with the, 1st King's Royal Rifle Corps, he enlisted on 6th January 1915. Twice wounded, once in the head and later in the thigh, which led to his discharge on 13th March 1917.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Charles Willett in Hucknall Cemetery.
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Charles Willett - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Charles Willett in Hucknall Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
  • Photograph of Charles Douglas Willett (left) and his brother Arthur (right) is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Charles Douglas Willett - Photograph of Charles Douglas Willett (left) and his brother Arthur (right) is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918