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Robert Cecil Willcock was born in 1885, the son of Henry and Agnes Anne Willcock (nee Walker). In the 1891 census he was living with his parents, brothers Harry and Douglas Edgar, aunts Harriett and Elizabeth Walker and servants Sarah Lea and Elizabeth Page at 53 Darlington Street. By the 1901 census the family had moved to “Merridale”, on the Compton Road. The family had had a daughter, Agnes, and were joined in the house by Robert’s grandmother Sarah Willcock, and by three servants, Mary Baker, Margaret Green and Ann Seymour. They were at the same address (with a different set of servants) in 1911. Robert attended Wolverhampton Grammaer School 1894 – 1904, and there is a detailed description of his time there on the website commemorating World War One casualties from the school. Robert became an accountant after leaving school.

Robert enlisted with the 14th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and became a Corporal (service number 285), serving in France. He was killed in action on 23 July 1916 at Delville Wood, and is commemorated on the memorial at Thiepval. He is also commemorated on the War memorial in St Peter’s Church.

 

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