Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque

Alfred Edward Wills

Surname: Wills
Other names: Alfred Edward
Other people in this story:
Alfred John Wills
Laura Wills nee Gollop
William Wills
Edmond Williams
Locations in this story:
Winterbourne Monkton, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Theipval Memorial, France
White Bridge, Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley
Winterbourne Herringston, Dorset
Herringston House, Dorset

Alfred Edward Wills was born in 1891 in Winterbourne Herringston, Dorset, and baptised at Winterbourne Monkton on 25th October, 1891. He was the son of Alfred John Wills, a Dairyman, and Laura Wills (nee Gollop). His siblings included William, born in 1890, who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Gardener and living-in at Herringston House, Dorset, and employed by the landowner, Edmond Williams. His parents lived at White Bridge, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted as a Private in Dorchester on 31st August, 1914 and joined the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 10638). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 26th September 1916 and his name appears on the Theipval Memorial in France (Pier & Face 7 B). He is remembered on the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St Leonard's Church, and on the War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard.


Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
William Wills