Coleshill Remembers World War 1
As a free service to the World War 1 commemoration year, ST-IT Limited have created and are hosting a free database of Coleshill connected veterans.
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Entry for Private Gilbert Willdey
2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Year of Birth
Date of Death
Gilbert Bennell Willdey was born in 1896 in Water Orton to parents William and Hannah. He attended the Coleshill Grammar School before enlisting in the 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment (service number 16044). Gilbert enlisted at Colchester in Essex after the outbreak of war. Private Willdey was killed in action on the 15th July 1916, aged 19 years. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Private Willdey was posthumously awarded the Allied Victory and British War medals and is remembered on the Coleshill Grammar School Memorial in the Coleshill School.
Birmingham Daily Post 3rd July 1917 Private Gilbert Bennell Willdey (19), Royal Warwickshire Regiment, only son of Mr and Mrs W T Willdey, ‘The Chestnuts’, Water Orton, reported missing July 15, 1916, now officially presumed killed on that date.
Birmingham Daily Post 15th July 1918 IN MEMORIAM WILLDEY – In most loving and ever-present memory of our dear and only son Gilbert, who made the great sacrifice in the Somme advance, July 15, 1916, aged 19. R.I.P.