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on the Isle of Wight
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- George Wills -

Unknown person Name : George Wills.

Son of Edward Wills and Alice Wills (née Toogood), of Newport, Isle of Wight.

Born 1893, Newport.

  Census Information :

1901 : Edward and Alice Wills, with their children including George aged 6, are at 2 Green Street, Newport. Edward Wills is a tailor.

1911 : Edward Wills is listed at 4 Lower Lukely Place, Carisbrooke Rd, Newport. Alice Wills, a laundress, is living in the High St at Carisbrooke.

1911 : George Wills, aged 17, is a Private with the 3rd Bn., Hampshire Regiment, at Winchester.

  Service details :

Private 8907 George Wills, 2nd Bn., Hampshire Regiment.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 28 April 1915 aged 21.

Commemorated at : Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Newport War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle.
  Documents :

Isle of Wight County Press

19 June 1915

WILLS - Killed in action, April 28th, at the Dardanelles, George Wills, 2nd Hants Regiment, the dearly-loved third son of Mr. and Mrs. Wills, of Portland-street, Newport, aged 21 years and 7 months.
  Soldier's Will :

9 - 3 - 15
No 8907
W Coy
2nd Hants Regt

My Dear Mother,
I am taking the pleasure of writing you these few lines hoping they will find you and all at home in the best of health and to let you know that I am still in England as you can see by address. Well Mother I see Ned have joined and I hope he will like it. I expect will soon get used to it for it is an easy life. I heard from Ern and he is quite alright. You have received the Alottment I believe, will you write and let me know how much you receive and I shall know what to sign for, and of course when I go to the front anything that is due to me I am leaving to you if anything should happen to me and I dont come back. Well Mother I think you can understand so will close with fond love

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  Further Information :

George's brother Ernest left the Isle of Wight in 1906 to join the Royal Navy. He married Elsie Webb in Portsmouth in 1910. Ernest and Elsie's second son was born in August 1919. He was named after his great uncles, Albert Victor Webb (CWGC record) who died at Ypres in 1917 and George Wills. Albert George Wills passed away in 2007. My uncle was always very proud to tell people he was named after the uncles he never had the opportunity to meet. - Sally Wills
  Acknowledgments :

Sally Wills, for family information
  Page status :
Page last updated : 24 September 2013 (added Soldier's Will)


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