DIVISIONAL UNIT: Canadian Army Medical Corps
SERVICE NO: 529063
RESIDENCE: Wingham - Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: December 27, 1898
Seaforth – Tuckersmith Township – Counjty of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: September 28, 1917 19 years 9months
CEMETERY: Shorncliffe Military Cemetery – Shorncliffe
Kent – England
PARENTS: Mr. William and Winnie Willis – Wingham - Ontario
Occupation: Shoe Clerk Religion: Methodist
Enlistment: February 13, 1917 – Guelph - Ontario
Enlistment Age: 18 years 2 months
Private Willis departed Halifax on June 30, 1917 and arrived in Liverpool on July 12, 1917. He was taken on strength with the Canadian Army Medical Corps at Westerhagen on June 30, 1917.
Private Willis contacted pleurisy once he was based in England and in training and died at Moore Barracks No. 11 Canadian Hospital based in Shorncliffe, England. Originally, he was told he was not fit to go to the front. Private Willis was very determined to go to the front that he had an operation so he could pass the fitness test. It was after this he became ill.
The doctors attending to Private Willis ordered various lab work for him from August 31 - September 19, 1917. During his time in hospital his temperature ranged from normal to 103.6. He entered hospital on August 15, 1917.
Even though he was not able to go to the front and do his bit toward the war effort, we know in fact he did his very best.