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
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
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.