WILLIS, Robert

No.28270, Lance Corporal, Robert WILLIS
Aged 20

11th Battalion, Border Regiment
formerly No.33072 Essex Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Monday, 26th November 1917

Robert WILLIS was born in Steeple Bumpstead (Risbridge Q1-1897 4A:770), son of Harry and Matilda WILLIS (née WRIGHT).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at North Street, Steeple Bumpstead with his father Harry WILLIS [41] shoemaker; his mother Matilda [44] born Great Samford; brothers Jack [17] baker/bread maker; sisters Alice R [10], Justina M [8] and Annie [6]. All except his mother were born in Steeple Bumpstead.

1911 census...Aged 14, an errand boy, he was still at North Street with his parents and brother James [9] born Steeple Bumpstead.

Robert enlisted in Warley.
Dying of his wounds and his Army service record not found, it would usually be impossible to say exactly when or where he was wounded. However the Haverhill Echo reported on December 8th 1917 that Mrs and Mrs H Willis had received news that their son LC Willis had died of his wounds at 2nd Corps dressing station. His battalion were operating in the Bellevue area and several killed or wounded on 24th and 25th.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Robert Willis is buried in Duhallows Advanced Dressing Station Cemetery, grave 3:C:14

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