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ALFRED WILLIS

1914 -1918








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Alfred Willis was a farm worker and lived with his father and brother Albert at Butlers Hall Farm, Bulmer.


He served as a Private (59408) in the 6th battalion of the Northamptonshire Regt.


He was killed in action on 29th October 1918 aged 19.


Buried  in the Unicorn Cenetery, Vendhuile  in war grave   IV. E.8.   Named with his brother on the Roll of Honour in the church at Wickham St Pauls.


First Name: Alfred

Initials: A

Surname: Willis

DOB: Circa 1899

Age: 19

Birth Town: Ashen, Essex

Resided Town: Chelmsford, Essex

Nationality: British

Date of Death: 29/09/1918

Fate: Killed in Action

Information: Parents: George and Mary Ann Willis, of Bulmer; husband of Alice Maud Felton (formerly Willis), of Bulmer Tye, Sudbury, Suffolk.

Rank: Private

Service Number: 59408

Duty Location: France And Flanders


Rank:

Private

Service No:

59408

Date of Death:

29/09/1918

Age:

19

Regiment/Service:

Northamptonshire Regiment

 

6th Bn.

Grave Reference:

IV. E. 8.

Cemetery:

UNICORN CEMETERY, VENDHUILE

Additional Information:

Son of George and Mary Ann Willis, of Bulmer; husband of Alice Maud Felton (formerly Willis), of Bulmer Tye, Sudbury, Suffolk.



6th (Service) Battalion  Northampton Regiment
Sept 1914 Formed at Northampton as part of the Second New Army (K2) and then moved to Colchester attached to the 18th Division.
Nov 1914 Transferred to the 54th Brigade of the 18th Division.
May 1915 Moved to Salisbury Plain.
26.07.1915 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1916
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of Thiepval Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights, The Battle of the Ancre.
1917
Operations on the Ancre, The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The Third Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Langemarck, First Battle of Passchendaele, and The Second Battle of Passchendaele.
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of the Avre, The actions of Villers-Brettoneux, The Battle of Amiens, The Battle of Albert, The Second Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Epehy, The Battle of the St Quentin Canal, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre.
11.11.1918 Ended the war near Le Cateau, France.

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