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Full Name: Cecil Nicholson Willis
Rank Last Held: Sergeant
Forename(s): Cecil Nicholson
Surname: Willis
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 23/350
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Corporal
Next of Kin: Mrs A. Willis (mother), 69 Weld Street, Wadestown, Wellington, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 69 Weld Street, Wadestown, New Zealand
Military District: Wellington
Body on Embarkation: 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit: B Company
Embarkation Date: 9 October 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Page on Nominal Roll: 786
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion, B Company, 3rd
Place of Death: Belgium
Date of Death: 7 December 1917
Age at Death: 33
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference: XXVII. D. 6.
Biographical Notes: Cecil Willis was the son of Amelia Anne and the late Alexander James Willis, of Wellington, New Zealand.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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