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VC595   Richard Raymond Willis

BORN   13 October 1876

DIED   9 February 1966   AGE   89

VC Won    25 April 1915   AGE   38

Place VC Won   W Beach, Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   Richard Raymond Willis   No.      ELECTED BY REGIMENT

VC Issue No.   595   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Lancashire Fusiliers, 1st Battalion, Commanding C Company


Now   Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Rank VC Won   Captain

Rank End Of Career   Major

Place Of Birth   The Hermitage, Woking, Surrey, England

Place Of Death   Faithful Nursing Home, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Cheltenham Crematorium, Bouncers Lane, Gloucestershire, England

Cremated   Cheltenham Crematorium, Bouncers Lane, Gloucestershire, England

Date Buried/Cremated   15 February 1966

Headstone   Ashes   Plot/Grave no.   Garden of Remembrance No. 4, Plot 84 (between 82 Ethel Bates & 86 Joyce Smith)

Gazetted   24 August 1915

VC Presented   21 or 22 September 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Plaque in Book of Remembrance Room at Cheltenham Cemetery Chapel, Bouncers Lane, Gloucestershire

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Jubilee Square, Woking, Surrey

By The Way…

He earned the nickname Walking Stick Willis, after featuring in a painting of the Gallipoli landing, with a walking stick in the air and encouraging his men

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The Lord Ashcroft collection I.W.M



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