Robert Joseph WILLS

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WILLS, Robert Joseph

Service Number: 651
Enlisted: 19 July 1915, An original of B Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Werribee, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Werribee, Wyndham, Victoria
Schooling: Werribee State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Contract chaff cutter
Died: Died of wounds, Edmonton, Middlesex, United Kingdom, 2 August 1916
Cemetery: Tottenham Cemetery
Gen. 7357 Commemorated on the Screen Wall
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Werribee War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 651, 29th Infantry Battalion, An original of B Company
10 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 651, 29th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
10 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 651, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 24 and the son of James and Thyza Wills, of Werribee, Victoria, Australia.

Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Robert Joseph Wills and his brother George Wills both enlisted together in B Company of the 29th Battalion. In their first action at Fromelles George was killed and Robert was also mortally wounded the same day. Robert succumbed to his wounds and died in hospital in England a fortnight later.

Robert was aged 24, attended Werribee S.S. and was a chaff cutting contractor. He suffered a gun shot wounds to his buttock, legs and shoulder during the Battle of Fromelles and was evacuated to England via Boulogne but died of his wounds on 2 August 1916, at Edmonton Military Hospital and is buried in Tottenham and Wood Green Cemetery Middlesex.

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