Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Lieutenant John Willmot
6th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
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John Dyott Willmot was the eldest son of George Dyott Willmot J.P. (Land Agent and Surveyor) and Nellie P. Willmot of Blythe Cottage, Coleshill. John was born in King’s Norton, Birmingham, but by 1901 the family were living on Blythe Road, Coleshill. John served with the 6th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (a Training Battalion), which was stationed at Worcester at the outbreak of the First World War, and on mobilisation moved to Plymouth. On 21st October 1914 John became a Second Lieutenant (on probation), and was confirmed at this rank on 10th March 1915. At the time of his death he had become a Lieutenant. John Dyott Willmot was killed in action in France on 3rd July 1915, aged just 19 years. He received the British, Victory and Star medals and is commemorated in the Beuvry Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. John’s younger brother was also killed in WW1 (see database entry for Robert Dyott Willmot). George Dyott Willmot was the chairman of the Finance Committee who organised the erection of the Coleshill War Memorial in 1921. George and his wife Nellie each gave £50 toward the cost of the Memorial, and in total £477 was raised by the community.
The Birmingham Daily Mail - Wednesday 07 July 1915 LIEUTENANT J. D. WILLMOT KILLED News has been received of the death in action in France of Lieutenant John Dyott Willmot, the eldest son Mr. George Dyott Willmot, of Coleshill. Lieutenant Willmot was in his 20th year. He joined the 6th Worcestershire Battalion (Officers’ Reserve) last October, and left for France in January, as a subaltern attached to the 2nd Worcesters. In his school days he was known as a great athlete, and at Malvern College, where he went from Mr. J. G. Bradshaw’s Preparatory School at Packwood Hough, he won the open high jump in 1913 and 1914 and the long jump in 1914. He was in Mr. P. R. Farren’s house at Malvern, and became a School Prefect. He was a member of the Officers’ Training Corps at the College.
Tamworth Herald 10th July 1915 ROLL OF HONOUR WILLMOT – On the 2nd inst.,[sic] killed in action in France, Lieutenant John Dyott Willmot, of the 6th Worcestershire Regiment (attached 2nd), eldest and dearly loved son of Mr and Mrs George Dyott Willmot, Coleshill, Warwickshire, in his 20th year.
Coleshill Chronicle 10th July 1915 LIEUT. J. D. WILLMOT KILLED ROYAL MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY News was received on Monday evening of the death in action on July 3rd of Lieutenant John Dyott Willmot, the eldest son of Mr George Dyott Willmot, of Coleshill. Lieutenant Willmot was in his 20th year. He joined the 6th Worcestershire Battalion (Officer’s Reserve) last October, and left for France in January, as a subaltern attached to the 2nd Worcesters. He was invalided home owing to an accident, but returned to the front after a few weeks. In his school days he was known as a great athlete, and at Malvern College, where he went from Mr J G Bradshaw’s Preparatory School at Packwood Hough, he won the open high jump in 1913 and 1914 and the long jump in 1914. He was in Mr P R Farrant’s house at Malvern, and became a School Prefect. He was a member of the Officers’ Training Corps at the College. Mr and Mrs Willmot received a telegram from Buckingham Palace as follows:- “The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the Army have sustained by the death of your son in the service of this country. Their Majesties truly sympathise with you in your sorrow.”
Coleshill Chronicle 24th October 1914 MILITARY – Mr J D Willmot, eldest son of Mr G D Willmot, Blythe Cottage, Coleshill, has just received his commission in the 6th Battalion Worcester Regiment, Colonel Smith in command. The regiment will shortly take their place in connection with the western coast defences. Mr Willmot was formerly in the Malvern College Officers’ Training Corps.