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Wills William Thomas
884th Mechanical Transport Coy.
Army Service Corps attd. 95th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery
4 august 1917
Son of W. T. and H. Wills, of Portsmouth
Husband of Alice M. Wills, of 10, Preston Rd., North End, Portsmouth
In 1899, at the end of his second year in the School, W. T. Wills succeeded by Civil Service Examination in securing an Apprenticeship in H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth.
Some years later he left Admiralty employment and changed to a certain extent the character of his work by accepting an appointment under the Local Education Committee as Manual Instructor at their Drayton Road Centre. To ensure proficiency in his new undertaking he secured a number of certificates, some in mechanical subjects of various kinds from the " City and Guilds," and others in the theory and practice of teaching.
Brandhoek New Military Cemetery
Plot IV , Row D , Stone 15
3 august 1917
Enrolled in the newly-formed Portsmouth Volunteer Training Corps, but thirteen months after severed his connection with it to enlist voluntarily in the Royal Army Service Corps.
From Avonmouth he crossed to France and for upwards of a year served on the Western Front with the rank of Sergeant in the Caterpillar Section of the Motor Transport.
Was so severely wounded that he died the following day.
His comrades buried him in the Brandhoek Cemetery, near the Ypres Road.
From the expressions of appreciation which his widow received, the words of his Company Officer may be selected as representative.
They are :-" He was a good and capable Sergeant, always willing, and held in great respect by the whole Company.
He has been buried in a Military Cemetery and we are having a plate inscribed to put on his cross in token of our respect."