Herbert Willis (1891-1956) & the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Herbert William WILLIS (1891-1956) – Herbert became an apprentice painter at age 13. He migrated to Australia in 1909 at the urging of his brother, Harry. Worked as a painter for the NSW Transport Department, becoming a Foreman Painter on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Herbert belonged to a Masonic Lodge and had homes in the Blackheath and Carlton suburbs of …

Able Seaman Edward Willis …at the Battle of Trafalgar?

Edward WILLIS (abt 1778 – 1854) – Possibly the same Edward Willis listed as being present at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, fighting under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson. Edward was aged 27 and an Able Seaman on board the HMS Dreadnought, although the records show he was born in Faversham. I have been unable to …

Archibald Willis (1895-?) – 1st Life Guards

Archibald F WILLIS (1895-?) – Archibald joined the 1st Life Guards at the outbreak of the First World War, rising through the ranks from Trooper to Corporal of Horse. Raised and educated in the village of Barham, school records there show he revisited the school in December 1912, June 1915, January 1917 and March 1918 to speak to the pupils.