Ernest William WILLS


WILLS, Ernest William

Service Number: QX17551
Enlisted: 31 July 1940, Kelvin Grove, Qld.
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rockhampton, Qld., 12 May 1918
Home Town: Corinda, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Boy's School
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Killed in action, Ramu Valley, New Guinea, 26 November 1943, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Corporal, SN QX17551
31 Jul 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Corporal, SN QX17551, 2nd/25th Infantry Battalion, Kelvin Grove, Qld.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Arthur Ernest and Winifred Helen Dorothy Wills; husband of Margaret Agnes Nevin Wills, of Oxley, Queensland.

Ernest William Wills, the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Wills, Corinda, who was killed in action in New Guinea on November 26th last year, spent the years 1932 and 1933 at Brisbane Boy's School Toowong.  He did well in his studies, securing a sound Junior Public pass and accepting a postion in the National Bank of Australasia, where he remained until he joined the A.I.F. in 1940.  Towards the end of the same year he married Miss Margaret Swift, shortly before leaving with the 2/25th Battalion for the Middle East, where he participated in the Syrian campaign.  Returning to Australia, he took part in the strenuous fighting across the Owen Stanley Range and later lost his life in the Ramu Valley, aftera long period of valuable service as a Corporal.  He was one of those who had little respite from active service and whose sacrifice is all the more tragic.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to his people and to his young wife in their great loss.

Remebered with honour on the Sherwood Roll of Honour