WILLIAM JAMES WILLIS

BILLY

image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper.

 

Born: 12th December 1896, Ipswich.

Died: 12th October 1917; KiA.

Residence: No. 3, Permit Office, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Sailor on a barge at Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 200431

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.

Formerly 2061, Suffolk Regiment.

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 40 to 41 & 162 to 162A.      

Tyne Cot Memorial,

West Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

Nephew to ALFRED WILLIS.

                                                                                                   

CENSUS

 

1901   Cox Lane, Ipswich.

 

William was 4 years old and living with his mother, step father & step sister.

Harry Aldolphus Saunders, 36, an Iron Foundry Labourer, born Ipswich.

Jessie Saunders (nee Siggers), 25, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Florence Ada Saunders, 2 months, born Ipswich.

 

1911   10, York Place, Lady Lane, Ipswich.

 

William was 15 years old, an Errand Boy – Milk Works. He was living with his maternal grandfather & uncle. He was recorded on the census as Saunders.

James Siggers, 63, a widow, a Boot Repairer, born Colchester, Essex.

Henry Siggers, 20, a House Painter, born Ipswich.

 

William’s father was William Willis born, 1874 – died 13th November 1896, Ipswich. Just 1 month before William was born.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Jessie Saunders – mother.

 

William is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.

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 Suffolk reg

 Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

Suffolk Regiment website

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment

 

 

 

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