Richard Raymond Willis (13/10/1876 – 09/02/1966) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during World War One at Gallipoli.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 29273, Page: 8395, reads:
“His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to award the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned Officers, Non-commissioned Officer and man, in recognition of their most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in the field: —
Captain Richard Raymond Willis, 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers.
No. 1293 Serjeant Alfred Richards, 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers.
No. 1809 Private William Keneally, 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers.
On the 25th April, 1915, three Companies and the Headquarters of the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, in effecting a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula to the West of Cape Helles, were met by a very deadly fire from hidden machine guns which caused a great number of casualties. The survivors, however, rushed up to and cut the wire entanglements, notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy, and, after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained.
Amongst the many very gallant Officers and men engaged in this most hazardous undertaking, Captain Willis, Serjeant Richards and Private Keneally have been selected by their comrades as having performed the most signal acts of bravery and devotion to duty”
Upon his death in 1966 he was cremated and his ashes were interred in the Garden Of Remembrance at Prestbury Cemetery in Cheltenham.
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