Victoria to Vimy The First World War Collections at the University of Victoria Libraries

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Page contains newspaper clippings announcing the enlistment of Archie Wills to the 5th Regiment, CGA in Victoria BC and the deployment and subsequent wounding of his brother, Percy Wills.
[start page] Mr. Archie Wills Formerly Marine Editor of the Victoria Times, who has joined the 5th Regiment C.G.A. and hopes to get away on active service with the next artillery draft. Ten men daily for the last ten days is the record of the recruiting staff of the 15th Artillery Brigade. Gnr. A. Wills is in charge, and the recruiting staff is getting excellent results. Mr. Archie Wills Joins 5th Regiment --- Marine Editor of Victoria Daily Times Enlists with Artillery Corps - Begins Duties Immediately --- Mr. Archie Wills, for the last five years marine editor of The Victoria Times, resigned his office yesterday to join the 5th Regiment. He commences his military duties next Tuesday, and has made application for admission to the next overseas draft. Mr. Wills is known in all ports of the Pacific Coast, most of which he has covered in fishing smacks in search of local color. He is also known in railroad circles through British Columbia and in Eastern Canada, which he has visited regularly. Perhaps his most noteworthy accomplishment was the series of short sketches of sea life, entitled 'Around the Ship Chandler's Stove,' which he published under his signature on the marine page of The Times throughout the last two Winters. These sketches proved very popular and were widely read and copied. Last August he was active in an endeavor to make Victoria an aviation centre by establishing an aviation school here, and was elected secretary of the Victoria Aero Club. Since he took up newspaper work he has been a keen enthusiast of aviation. Mr. Wills is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Wills, 1002 Caledonia Avenue, and was born in this city. Since he left High School eight years ago last October to enter the service of The Times as office boy, his rise has been rapid. He is 23 years of age. Left with 11th C.M.R. PTE. Percy E. Wills Son of Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Wills, 1002 Caledonia avenue, left here with the 11th C.M.R., recently. He was born in Victoria, and after leaving the High school was for some time in the employ of Shortt, Hill & Duncan. He joined the 11th Battalion last March. His brother, Archie Wills, formerly marine reporter on the Times, went away with the 62nd Battery, C.F.A. Victoria Soldier Reported Wounded Sig. Percy E. Wills Mr. and Mrs. F.H.Wills, 1002 Caledonia Avenue, receicved word last week that their youngest son, Sig. Percy E. Wills, was admitted to No. 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, on October 27, suffering from a contused foot. Sig. Wills, who is well known here, enlisted with the 11th C.M.R., leaving in June 1916, and on arrival in England transferred to the 14th Brigade Artillery, with which unit he has served in France during the past fourteen months. His brother, Sergt. Archie Wills, is attached to the same unit.