Alfred Willetts

Sergeant  4th Worcs Reg. No 11479  KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE  APRIL 24. 1917  AGED 29 YEARS           

Sergeant Alfred Willetts was born at Two Gates, Cradley and was the youngest member of his family.

He left school aged 13 to become an iron moulders apprentice and like his father attended of Two Gates Ragged School

Alf had joined the army about six years before war broke out enlisting in the 3rd Worcesters and serviced in India and Burma, returning to England in February 1915.

 Alf was soon back in action and was mentioned by his commanding officer for “good and gallant service” in the Dardanelles where he had been wounded and evacuated to St. George’s Hospital, Malta. Alf wrote on inside pages of his bible that on 1st May 1915 he had been wounded and that the bible in his side pocket had turned the bullet and probably saved his life.

Later, on Monday, April 23rd 1917 Alf was killed in action at Arras, France whilst bringing in a wounded soldier.  He was struck by a dum-dum bullet which killed him.

Corpl. Cooper, of the same company said, “He was one of the bravest men I have ever known, and he was liked and respected by every man in the regiment.”

In Cradley Non-conformist graveyard is the grave of Alfred’s parents James and Eliza and on their headstone is a memorial to Alfred. The headstone reads:-

POST CODE: B63 2UP

ADDRESS: Cradley Cemetery, Homer Hill Road, Cradley

GPS Location:  N. 52.46440336  W. -2.08957088

Memorial Location: In former non-conformist section

IN LOVING MEMORY

OF

JAMES WILLETTS

WHO PASSED AWAY FEBY 6. 1915

AGED 68 YEARS

ALSO OF ELIZA HIS BELOVED WIFE

WHO PASSED AWAY MARCH 24. 1912

AGED 64 YEARS

ALSO OF ALFRED WILLETTS THEIR YOUNGEST SON

KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE APRIL 24. 1917

AGED 29 YEARS

 
Sgt Alf Willetts - Mark Williams, Diane, Simon
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