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Harry George Wills

In memory of:

Sapper Harry George Wills

January 12, 1942


Bramshott, United Kingdom

Military Service


Service Number:

B/28467

Age:

45

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Engineers

Division:

2 Constr. Coy.

Additional Information


Born:

February 14, 1896
Northampton

Enlistment:

June 11, 1940
Toronto, Ontario

Son of George Herbert Wills.

During the First World War, Harry George enrolled with the 109th Battalion, CEF, service number 163166, deployed to the 84th Battalion on 18 September 1915, the 73rd Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada) on 29 June 1916, to serve in France, and the 13th Battalion on 19 April 1917. He was demobilized on 20 April 1919 in Montréal, Québec, and he was awarded the Military Medal (MM), The London Gazette, on 3 July 1919, number 31430. Harry George Wills enlisted again during the Second World War, on 11 June 1940, service number B-28467, and served in England with the 2nd Canadian Construction Company, Royal Canadian Engineer; he was accidentally killed in England on 12 January 1942.

His son, John Harry Wills, service number B-68239, 1st Battalion, Royal Rifles of Canada, was killed in action in Hong Kong, with Force C, on 23 December 1941.

Commemorated on Page 125 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

37.C.8.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Temporary grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
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  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me

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