Monday, November 08, 2010

Corporal Albert Willis

Cpl Albert Willis UniformDuring this week as we remember those who fought and served their country I will be posting on some of these heroic individuals.  My hope is that we can make a closer connection as time passes.  If you would like to have someone your know have their story told here, please send the information, along with an image to

Corporal Albert Willis Royal Canadian Regiment Infantry during WWII. 

My husband, despite his close family relationships,  never had the pleasure of meeting his Grandfather.  Corporal Albert Willis, was wounded in Italy, and though he made it back to Canada to spend time with his wife and 2 children, he would  die shortly after of his injuries at the young age of 28.  Alta, Corporal Willis’ wife, then raised the children while living with her parents from that point on. Corporal Willis did his training at the former  Ipperwash Army Camp, (a mere 20 minutes from where we now live) prior to going off to war.  During his service, he was commended with several medals.  Left to right: - Canadian Volunteer Service, Clasp has a Maple Leaf - The Italy Star -War Medal 1939 to 1945 - Star 1939 to 1945.  Cpl Albert Willis MedalsYou’ll note the dog tags to the right in this picture.  They are not metal as we normally see.  Rather they are like a very firm piece of cardboard, with the information punched into it.  These images along with additional information on Corporal Albert Willis can be found online at the Canadian Virtual War Museum - “a registry of information about the graves and memorials of more than 116,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served valiantly and gave their lives for their country.”  It you have information that could be entered in at this site, please do so.  It only takes a few moments to enter in the information, and to credit those who gave their all.


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