Royland Croome Willett

Date of birth:                  1899
Place of birth:                Southampton
Service No.:                    56323
Rank:                                  Lance Corporal
Regiment / Division:   Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Battalion:                          51st Battalion
Died:                                   16th January 1920 aged 20 years
Death Location:             England


Life before the War

Royland was born in 1899 in Southampton to parents Frederick and Lilian. Frederick was born  in 1872, Reading, Berkshire, Lilian was born in 1874, Andover, Hampshire.

He had 2 brothers  Alan Frederick 1901 – 1867 and Arthur Edington, and 2 sisters Irene Lilian 1903 and Agnes Christine 1908.

In the 1901 census, the family were living at 3 St. George’s Place, Southampton. Frederick was a Baggage Porter which was his own account.

In the census of 1911, the family had moved to 12, Maddison Street, Southampton. Frederick still has his own business of Baggage Porter, in the Shipping Trade.

War Service

Southampton Old Cemetary

Southampton Old Cemetary

Royland enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 51st Battalion as a Lance Corporal, service number 56323.

On the 16th January 1920, age 20, Royland died. He is Remembered with Honour at Southampton’s Old Cemetery.

Frederick and Lilian were living at 108, St. Mary Street, Southampton, when they were notified of their son’s death.



Researched by Becky Lonergan 2013.


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