Horace Wills (1895 -1916) was born in Sudbury but was living with his family at 31 Balkerne Lane when he went to North School. By 1911 Horace had joined the Royal Field Artillery as a gunner and was stationed in South Africa. He married Florence Slowgrove at the beginning of 1916.
On 1st September 1916 he was with the 106th Battery RFA on the Somme at Montauban. The war diary records events of the day:
“Enemy shelled the batteries intermittently throughout the day. A direct hit was obtained on a gun pit of the 104th Battery but the gun was not damaged. One gun of 106th bty was hit and partially buried.”
Horace was killed as a result of the shelling along with Gunner C Lailey, and three more men were wounded. He is buried next to Lailey in Dantzig Alley cemetery.
1894 – 1903 Admission Register
England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
British Army war diaries 1914-1922: Royal Field Artillery