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Ernest William Willmot.

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ZZzzz Report 13 Nov 2022 21:31

Having found what I think is my Grandfathers Military record but it is incomplete, how do I find out if it is him, it doesn't state who his parents are etc, where do I look for further information please.


ArgyllGran Report 13 Nov 2022 22:26

Huge numbers of WW1 forces records no longer exist at all, so you're actually lucky to have found anything.

Unfortunately, there's no way to find out anything else..

When was he born?
Did he survive the war?

Is this the record you found?

Ernest Wm. Willmott
in the UK, World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923
View Original Image on Fold3.
Name: Ernest Wm. Willmott
Rank: Cpl
Record Type: Card
Death Date: 25 Jul 1917
Service Number: 33667
Corps, Regiment or Unit: Army Service Corp
Title: WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers
Description: Other Ranks Died Willis E-Wills HT
Next of Kin:
Name Relation to Soldier
Ernest Wm. Willmott
Alice Willmott Mother <<<<<

If so, (courtesy of a free view of this record on Fold3) that man's address was
5 Wellington Street, Lincoln - which doesn't sound as if he would be any of your Willmots of Berkshire.

(However, Berkshire looks like a red herring.
There was no Ernest William (or W) Wilmot (or other spelling) born in Berkshire 1870-1904.
There was a William Ernest (1887) but he died 1888.)

The CWGC site says the Lincoln man was 33 years old.

He died of "disease". Apart from that, there's no further info on the card.
There's a photo of his gravestone in Lincoln on Findagrave, which says his father's name was William, who died 1931, aged 71.
His mother Alice died in 1940, aged 79.

Staff Serjeant William Ernest Wilmot
Birth: unknown
Death: 25 Jul 1917
Canwick Road Old Cemetery
Lincoln, City of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Plot C. 347A.
Memorial ID 59978525

On Ancestry there's also this - for a different man of the same name:

Ernest Wm Willmot
in the UK, World War I Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
Name: Ernest Wm Willmot
Military Year: 1914-1920
Rank: Private
Company: WO 329
Regiment or Corps: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Regiment Number: 49248
Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal

He was with the 7th Wilts Regiment.
Service No: 35482

And this for the same man:

Ernest W Willmot
in the UK, British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Name: Ernest W Willmot
Military Date: 1914-1920
Military Place: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, United Kingdom
Regiment or Corps: Duke of Edinburgh's (Wilthsire) Regiment, Xfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Regimental Number: 35482 [ Wilts Reg ] ,49248 [Oxf & Bucks LI ]


ArgyllGran Report 14 Nov 2022 11:01

How to research a former soldier:

Re 7th Wilts Regiment:

Wiltshire Regiment in general:

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry:


ArgyllGran Report 14 Nov 2022 11:56

If Berkshire is relevant - is this your grandfather?

1921 census:

Ernest William
Birthplace: Wiltshire, England
Padworth, Ufton Nervet

With William James Willmot 1872, Emma Willmot 1871, and 7 others.

Ernest Willmot
in the 1911 England Census
Name: Ernest Willmot
Age in 1911: 12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1899
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Kingsclere, Hampshire, England
Civil Parish: Padworth and Ufton Nervet
County/Island: Berkshire
Country: England
Street Address: Yew Tree Cottage, Nr Middle Farm, Ufton, Reading, Berks
Occupation: Scholar
Registration District Number: 120
Sub-registration District: Bucklebury
ED, institution, or vessel: 13
Piece: 6543
Household Members:
Name Age
William James Willmot 39
Emma Willmot 40
Ernest Willmot 12
Albert Willmot 11
Ellen Willmot 10
Sidney Willmot 9
Oliver Willmot 6
Edwin Willmot 4
Mary Willmot 2
Archie Knapp 17

GRO Reference: 1898 D Quarter in KINGSCLERE Volume 02C Page 238

Ernest W William
in the 1939 England and Wales Register
Name: Ernest W William [Ernest William Willmot]
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 18 Oct 1898
Residence Date: 1939
Residence Place: Wantage, Berkshire, England
Occupation: Farm Shepherd H Wkr
Line Number: 26
Schedule Number: 223
Sub Schedule Number: 1
Enumeration District: Durl
Borough: Wantage
Household Members (Name) Age
Ernest W William 41
Violet B Willmot 36
Ernest W J N Willmot 14
This record is officially closed.
Joan P Willmot 8
This record is officially closed.

If so, then he's clearly not the soldier from Lincoln.
There's no way to know if he might be the other soldier, in Wilts Regiment, unless any of the suggestions in the National Army Museum link above bear fruit..


ZZzzz Report 14 Nov 2022 19:48


That has given me something to work on thank you. :-D


ErikaH Report 15 Nov 2022 10:47

The one born Kingsclere is in the OP's GR tree - and numerous others

Marriages Mar 1922 (>99%)
NORRISS Violet B Willmot Bradfield 2c 593
WILLMOT Ernest W Norriss Bradfield 2c 593

Which military record is the one you think is relevant?