Captain A Noel Wills

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Captain A Noel Wills

Noel Wills was born in Loughborough, one of the four children of Henry and Katherine Wills. His father was employed as a printer.
He was for some time in practice as a solicitor in Doncaster before joining the army. He was the secretary of the Doncaster Volunteer Training Corps in its early days and put in a great deal of work in connection with the linking of the Corps with the Central Association and its eventual establishment as a recognised unit of the Home defence forces.
He was fond of sport and was a member of Doncaster Rugby Union Football Club.
Obtaining a commission in the Territorials early in 1915 he went out to France in 1915 and was slightly wounded.
He was promoted to the rank of Captain.
On 5th March 1918 he was badly wounded at Ypres. He was taken to a Canadian casualty clearing station suffering from a compound fracture of his left thigh, haemorrhage and exposure. The onset of blood poisoning meant that his leg had to be amputated but the shock of the operation proved to be too much and he died on 7th March.
The chaplain who was with him said that he remained optimistic and showed great courage right up to the end.
He was 30 years old.

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