Project Description

JOB WILLATT 1893–1976

Royal Field Artillery WW1


Born 16th October 1893 at Papplewick, Notts

Married in 1915 to Emma Procter at Sleaford. Daughter Marjorie Alice, born 1916, son Ronald, born 1921

Died 26th February 1976 in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire.

1901 Census

Living at Papplewick with father Job, waggoner on a farm, mother Annie, maiden name Allcock, three sisters Ellen (b.1888), Rose (b.1899) and Jessie (b.1901) and brother William (b.1891).

1911 Census

Living at Holme Pierrepont with parents and two sisters Ellen and Josie, brothers William and Frederick. Employed as a stable hand and farm horseman.


12th May 1913 arrived Quebec en route to Windthorst, Saskatchewan

30th November 1914 Job and William Willatt of Holme Pierrepont returned to UK on board SS Missanbie.

Military Service

Rank: Driver

Service number: 640835

Military Unit: Royal Field Artillery

Enlisted 10th March 1915. However due to his occupation as a corn merchant’s drayman his employers W.H. Brown were successful in applying for exemption. He was described as a carter living on Maud Street, Nottingham when his daughter was born in 1916.

His exemption certificate states that due to his “low medical classification he was better employed in his present occupation.”

Exemption was removed 9th March 1918 when he was attached to 479th Agricultural Company.

From the 1939 Register

Address: Donkey Lane, Basford, Notts.

Occupation: farm labourer

Household: living with wife Kate, son Ronald, a provisions assistant, and one other person (record officially closed).