Willson, Francis George Dudley

Dates:

War Service:
Lieutenant FRANCIS GEORGE DUDLEY WILLSON of ‘D’ Company,1st battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment was killed in action on 24 September 1918.

When war broke out he was in British Columbia. Being under age he acted as bugler for the 54th Kootenay Battalion until he was old enough to enlist. He came to England with the battalion and was commissioned into the Northamptonshire Regiment.He went to France in September 1916.

His captain wrote “He was a gallant, smart young officer, full of keenness and energy…His death was instantaneous. He was struck on the head by a piece of shell and so he did not suffer”

He is buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorial of the church of St Philip the Apostle, Sydenham.

Details:
He was 21 years old, the elder son of George and Mary Willson, of "Castleton," Longton Avenue,

Source:
The Times 5 October 1918

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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