Edward Robert Wills1

#4887, (26 April 1894-31 May 1916)
Father*Thomas James Wills2 b. 28 Jun 1862, d. Sep 1921
Mother*Kate Lilian Denner2 b. Dec 1864, d. Jun 1902
ChartsThe Galtons of Poole.
Birth*26 APR 1894 Edward Robert Wills was born on 26 APR 1894 at Poole, Dorset, EnglandG.1 
Baptism30 MAY 1894 He was baptized on 30 MAY 1894 at St James' Church, Poole, Dorset, EnglandG.3 
(Witness) Residence30 MAR 1901 He lived with Kate Lilian Denner at 10 New Road, Poole, Dorset, EnglandG, together with Lilian Gladys Wills, Thomas John Wills, Herbert Denner Wills and Margaret Emma Wills.4 
(Witness) Residence2 APR 1911 Edward Robert Wills lived with Thomas James Wills and Gertrude Priscilla Harding at 10 New Cut, Baiter, Poole, Dorset, EnglandG, together with Herbert Denner Wills, Margaret Emma Wills, Ellen Ruth Wills and Henry Francis G Wills.5 
Employment*2 APR 1911 Edward Robert Wills was employed as Errand boy, greengrocer.6 
Milit-Beg*16 SEP 1912 He began military service on 16 SEP 1912 at Poole, DorsetG.7 
Milit-End*31 MAY 1916 He ended military service on 31 MAY 1916, Stoker Ist Class. HMS Queen Mary.8 
Death*31 MAY 1916 He killed in action on 31 MAY 1916 at HMS 'Queen Mary', Battle of Jutland, North SeaG, aged 22.9 
Last Edited6 Jan 2019


  1. [S17] BMD indices, birth, Poole, Dorset, Apr-Jun 1894, vol 5a 259.
  2. [S35] Extracted from the 1901 census, age & birthplace.
  3. [S48] Parish Register, bapt., Edward Robert Wills, parents Thomas & kate Lilian; St James, Poole, no 2762, p 332.
  4. [S35] Extracted from the 1901 census, listed as wife, no husband at home.
  5. [S68] The England & Wales 1911 census, note the form has been filled in to suggest that Gertrude had 7 children and was married 22 years.
  6. [S68] The England & Wales 1911 census.
  7. [S116] UK Royal Navy, No K16208, Edward Robert Wills, 12 year service.
  8. [S106] UK Commonwealth War Graves, ' HMS Queen Mary', nephew of Mrs Edwards, 52 Lagland Street, Poole.K/16208.
  9. [S106] UK Commonwealth War Graves, on the battle cruiser HMS Queen Mary, lost at the battle of Jutland; body not recovered.
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