WILLIS George Frederick
Regiment : C Battery 241st Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Service number : 830147
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds on 17th August 1917
Buried : New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium, Grave I. B. 1.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Redditch
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Redditch Bates Hill Methodist Church now in Redditch Emmanuel Church as Frederick Willis with the information: Private
Credits : Researched by Jillian Coombes.
Frederick Willis was born George Frederick Willis, the son of Alfred and Mary Willis. He is recorded as George F. Willis on the 1901 census, aged 4, resident at 15 Adelaide Street, Redditch with his parents and baby brother Sidney H. Willis aged 9 months and the same name and address on the 1911 census, aged 14 and employed as a cycle wheel builder. He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery as Frederick Willis on 18th April 1912 when he gave his age as 17 years 1 month, his home address as 15 Adelaide Street, Redditch and his occupation as a Machinist at BSA.
Evening Despatch, Saturday 8th September 1917:
Bombardier G. F. Willis (Royal Field Artillery) died of wounds.
Evening Despatch courtesy of British Library image:
The Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger, Saturday 22nd September 1917:
Other Local Casualties
Died of Wounds
(83017) Act BDR. F. Willis – R.F.A. from Redditch
Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger digitised by and courtesy of Martin Stephens: http://www.bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk