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Coleshill Remembers World War 1

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Entry for 2nd Lieutenant Robert Willmot


Surname

Willmot



Forenames

Robert Dyott

Rank

2nd Lieutenant

Unit/Regiment

2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps

Year of Birth

1898

Date of Death

17/2/1918

Notes

‘It is with profound regret we record that second-lieutenant Robert Dyott Wilmot, 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifles, younger and only surving son of Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Wilmot, Blyth Cottage, Coleshil, was killed in action on February 17th in France. Second-Lieutenant Wilmot was educated at Mr. Bradshaw's Packwood Hough, Warwickshire, and at Malvern College. During the time he was at Malvern he rose to the high position of second school prefect, and for a short period of one term acted as head of the school. He proved himself a capable cadet officer of the O.T.C., and was head of his house. While at school he obtained his house colours, both at cricket and football, and was a member of the school second eleven at football. By his cheery disposition and manly straight-forwardness he endeared himself to all those with whom he came in contact, and his loss is deplored by many. In all his school life, and in all that he took up during that period, his motto was "Thorough," and he proves himself the staunchest and most loyal of friends. His Major quotes from the official brigade report: "The battalion has lost a very gallant officer in Second-Lieutenant Wilmot, who, only a boy, had shown much promise, and was greatly beloved by his men". His elder brother Lieut. J.D. Wilmot, 6th Battalion, Worcester Regiment, Sp. R., was killed in action on July 8th 1915. The loss of both sons in the war is a tragedy which is keenly felt throughout the district, and universal sympathy has been expressed with Mr. and Mrs. Wilmot. They are bearing a great sacrifice through this world conflict. Their only sons, both under the age of twenty, have fallen on the battlefield of France, and as commandants of the Vicarage Hospital, Coleshill they themselves have devoted an enormous wealth of time and energy for the benefit of wounded soldiers who have passed through the hospital. Their daughter has been nursing in the V.A.D. Hospitals since the beginning of the war, and was recently mentioned in the honours list for her services.’ Extract from the Coleshill Chronicle, Saturday, March 2, 1918
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