|Son of Mr John and Mrs Louisa Willmott
Husband of Emily
Aged 38 years
Died 23rd April 1918
Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial
|Born and enlisted at Rushden.
|Rushden Echo, May 17th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson
Rushden’s Casualty List
Mrs. John Henry Willmott, of 7, King’s-road, Rushden, received official news on Sunday that her husband, 124082, Pte. J. H. Willmott, Machine Gun Corps, was killed in action on April 23rd. The late Pte. Willmott, who was 38 years of age, leaves a widow and one child to mourn their loss. Up to the time of joining the Colours on August 13th, 1917, he was employed by Messrs. Knight and Lawrence, boot manufacturers, Rushden. On February 22nd this year he went with a draft to the Western front, and up to the date on which he met with his death he came through unscathed. The late Pte. Willmott was a member of the Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church, and as a lad passed through the Sunday school in connection with that place of worship. He was a keen and enthusiastic cricketer, and at the time of the outbreak of war was captain of the Rushden Town second eleven, and he was also a useful member of the Rushden Thursday cricket team. Mrs. Willmott will be grateful to any of her late husband’s comrades who can send her any information concerning the manner of his death.
|Kettering Leader, 17th May 1918, transcribed by John Collins.
Rushden Cricketer Killed
Pte. John Henry Willmott, M.G.C., husband of Mrs. Willmott, of 7, King’s-road, Rushden, and son of Mr. and Mrs. John Willmott, of 2, East-grove, Rushden, has been officially announced to have been killed on April 23rd. Pte. Willmott, who was formerly employed by Messrs. Knight and Lawrence, Rushden, joined the Army on 13th August, 1917, and went to France on Feb. 22nd last. He went through the Independent Wesleyan Sunday, and was a member of the Church. A good sportsman and an enthusiastic cricketer, he was captain of the Rushden Town 2nd XI, at the outbreak of the war. He was also a player for the Rushden Thursday cricket team.